Netherlands refuses Italian request to accept 47 migrants on rescue ship - government

Netherlands refuses Italian request to accept 47 migrants on rescue ship - government

The Netherlands will refuse an Italian request to accept 47 migrants on humanitarian ship that is being blocked from Italian ports, it said in a statement on Monday.

FILE PHOTO:  Migrants rest on board the Sea Watch 3 off the coast of Siracusa
FILE PHOTO: Migrants rest on board the Sea Watch 3 off the coast of Siracusa, Italy, January 27, 2019. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

AMSTERDAM: The Netherlands will refuse an Italian request to accept 47 migrants on humanitarian ship that is being blocked from Italian ports, it said in a statement on Monday.

The Sea Watch 3, run by a German humanitarian group and flying a Dutch flag, recovered the migrants out of a rubber boat off Libya more than a week ago. Since then it has been sailing through high winds and 7-metre (23 ft) waves.

(Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Toby Chopra)

Source: Reuters

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