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>> Cheers and a welcome party greeted these migrants on Wednesday, arriving in Malta's Valetta harbor, and finally able to get off the Aquarius. The charity ship was banned from docking in several ports in what became a five-day war of wills between European neighbors. Malta initially argued the Aquarius should go to Libya, Tunisia, or Italy.
But finally agreed to open its port after several EU countries said on Tuesday they'd then take the migrants in. The boat, which is run by Doctors Without Borders, rescued 141 migrants off the coast of Libya, among them 70 children. France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Spain also agreed to take in another group of over 100 rescued by the Maltese army on Monday.
It's the second Mediterranean standoff the summer involving the Aquarius. The ship, that time with hundreds of migrants onboard, was refused entry by Italy and Malta in June. After a dangerous and overcrowded journey, it was eventually allowed to dock in Spain. That led to a meeting between EU leaders who agreed on a new deal of migration.
But it was clearly not robust enough to avoid new political standoffs like this.