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Spanish rescue boat saves 60 migrants off Libyan coast


AP Aboard The Open Arms In The Mediterranean Sea
A Spanish rescue boat has saved 60 migrants in the sea near Libya, prompting Italy to immediately say it'll deny the boat permission to dock in Italy.
An AP journalist aboard a nearby vessel says the Open Arms aid boat spotted a rubber dinghy with 60 people aboard in international waters, 30 nautical miles from Libya's coast today.
Italy's right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini tweeted: "They can forget about arriving in an Italian port." Salvini has vowed that private rescue boats can no longer bring migrants to Italian shores.
The AP journalist said a Libyan coast guard vessel approached the Open Arms during the rescue operation, but soon turned around and left, ordering the boat to return to Spain.

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First Published: Jun 30 2018 | 6:45 PM IST

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