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Stranding People at Sea is an Abomination

After a nerve-wracking stand-off and intense negotiations, 629 people rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by the Aquarius, a rescue ship run by two nongovernmental groups, SOS Mediterranee and MSF, are finally heading towards Spain. Spain’s humane gesture stands in stark contrast to the disgraceful behaviour by Italy and Malta. The saga began on Monday when Italy refused to let the Aquarius dock and disembark passengers in Italy, insisting Malta should do so. Malta refused, insisting Italy had responsibility. Finally, the new Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez stepped up to offer safe harbour in…

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