Europe urges Malta to allow in stranded migrants
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) - The European Commission is urging Malta to let a tanker carrying 102 migrants to enter its waters and disembark the passengers.
The commission said on Tuesday that the safety of passengers, including four pregnant women and one woman requiring medical care, was the foremost concern.
It said sending the migrants back to their apparent origin Libya "would be contrary to international law."
The Liberia-registered tanker is anchored 24 nautical miles off Malta's coast after the government denied it entry to its waters on Monday.