Spain will take in stranded migrant boat: PM

Madrid (AFP) – Spain said on Monday it will take in a boat stranded in the Mediterranean with 629 migrants aboard after Italy and Malta refused to let the vessel dock in their ports.

“It is our obligation to help to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and to offer a safe port to these people,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s office said in a statement, adding that the boat, the Aquarius, would be allowed to dock in Valencia.