Ocean Viking rescues another 109 migrants in Mediterranean

epa07752321 The new rescue vessel 'Ocean Viking' of the French NGO SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders is moored in the port of Marseille, France, 01 August 2019. EPA-EFE/SEBASTIEN NOGIER

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The Ocean Viking rescue boat picked up a total of 109 migrants off the coast of Libya on Tuesday, according to the organizations that run the charity vessel.

The rescue team carried out two separate missions, that also included a new-born baby being taken on board.



In a separate development, Maltese authorities accepted on Tuesday to take in the 90 migrants saved by an Italian coastguard boat in its search and rescue zone, calming a standoff with the newly formed Italian government.

Malta had insisted that the rescued people should be taken to the nearest safe port, which in this instance was the Italian island of Lampedusa.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that Germany was prepared to take in 25% of migrants who arrive in Italy by boat from North Africa ahead of EU talks on the issue in the coming weeks.

Via DW

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