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Italian authorities have refused permission for a rescue ship carrying six hundred and twenty-nine migrants dock.


The move was based on the orders of Italy’s new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who had promised during recent general election to take a tough stance against migration.


Malta has also declined to accept the Aquarius and the migrants on board, many of many of whom are children, thereby leaving it stranded in the Mediterranean.


Meanwhile; the ship has been instructed by the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre to stand by in its current position, between Italy and Malta.


A German charity organization known as SOS Méditerranée said the migrants on the stranded ship were picked up in six different rescue operations off Libya's coast.


Among those saved are one hundred and twenty-three unaccompanied minors, eleven younger children and seven pregnant women.

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