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MSF urges EU states to allow immediate disembarkation of Aquarius

22:40 12-06-2018
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Doctors Without Borders (known by its French initials, MSF) has urged EU member states to give a boat packed with 629 rescued refugees and migrants immediate right to disembark, a day after Spain granted the vessel rights to dock in its territory, AL Lazeera reports.

Rescue workers onboard the MV Aquarius said it will take four days to reach the port of Valencia and that the boat should be allowed access to the nearest port immediately, which currently means in Italian or Maltese territory. 

[MSF] welcomes this gesture of humanity but it would require four more days at sea in a boat already over maximum capacity and in deteriorating weather conditions," the organisation said in a tweet.

"This plan would mean already exhausted rescued people would endure four more days travel at sea," it added.