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France to take in 20 migrants from stranded rescue ship

Christian Fernsby |
France is ready to take in 20 migrants on a rescue ship which has been stranded in the Mediterranean Sea.

Christopher Castaner said in a tweet his ministry will set a date in the coming hours to facilitate the transfer.

He added that Germany and some other European partners will take in the migrants after they disembark at the nearest port in capital Valtetta, Malta.

Alan Kurdi, a ship named after a Syrian boy who drowned while trying to make it to Europe, rescued 64 irregular migrants off the Libyan coast on April 3.

Malta, Italy and Libya have so far refused to accept the migrants, said Sea-Eye, the German humanitarian group which operates the ship.

"The situation on board is really tough. We still have 62 people on board plus 17 crew members and the boat is really not made for so many people," Carlotta Weibl, spokeswoman of Sea-Eye, told Anadolu Agency early Wednesday.

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