Two ships with 49 stranded migrants arrive in Malta after standoff

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January 9, 2019 11:44 am

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After being stranded at sea for almost three weeks with 49 migrants and refugees on board arrived in Malta on Wednesday. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Wednesday that they will be re-distributed among eight European Union countries.

The migrants, including a baby and several children, were brought to Valletta port by the Maltese coastguard, ending a diplomatic deadlock among EU member states over their fate.

The Sea-Watch 3, a vessel run by a German humanitarian group, plucked 32 people from an unsafe boat off the coast of Libya on Dec. 22. Another German charity, Sea-Eye, rescued 17 others on Dec. 29.

They have both been sailing back in forth in Maltese waters for days after Italy, Malta and all other EU countries refused to offer them a port of safety.

Two ships carrying 49 migrants disembarked in Malta

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

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