Spain to send navy ship for persons on board Open Arms

epa07774325 A view of Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms, with 147 migrants on board, in the immediate vicinity of Lampedusa, southern Italy, 15 August 2019. Several patrol boats of the Italian finance guard and the harbor master's office are monitoring the movements of the Spanish NGO boat that headed towards the island of Pelagie, escorted by two military ships, after the Lazio Regional Administrative Court accepted its appeal, suspending the ban on entry into Italian waters ordered by Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. EPA-EFE/ELIO DESIDERIO

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The Spanish government said on Tuesday it would send a navy ship to the Italian island of Lampedusa to escort the Open Arms rescue ship back to Spain.

Euronews reports that the Socialist government said in a statement:  “The Audaz will depart this afternoon at 5 pm and will sail for three days to Lampedusa, where it will take charge of the people hosted by the Open Arms and escort the boat … to the port of Palma in Mallorca.”

Via Euronews


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