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Spain ‘takes in hundreds of drifting migrants’

Spain has offered to take in a rescue ship drifting in the Mediterranean with 629 migrants on board after Italy and Malta refused to allow it to dock, Reuters news agency reports.

The Aquarius ship picked up the migrants, including 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 other children and seven pregnant women, from inflatable boats off the coast of Libya at the weekend.

The minors are aged between 13 and 17 and come from Eritrea, Ghana, Nigeria and Sudan, according to a journalist on the ship, Anelise Borges.

Span’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who assumed office just over a week ago, has given instructions for the boat to be allowed into the eastern Valencia port, his office said in a statement quoted by Reuters.

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