Spain is ready to take in the Open Arms, the Spanish charity rescue ship stranded off Italy’s Lampedusa Island with more than 100 migrants on board, Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, said Sunday.
“I have given instructions to prepare the port of Algeciras to welcome #OpenArms.
“Spain always acts in the face of humanitarian emergencies,’’ Sanchez tweeted.
“It is necessary to establish a European, orderly and caring solution, tackling the migration challenge with the values of progress and humanism of the EU.’’
Algeciras is in southern Spain, near the Strait of Gibraltar.
The Open Arms has been at sea for two and a half weeks.
On Saturday, Italy accepted 27 people from the ship, mostly minors, but continued to refuse to take in the rest.
It is unclear whether the volunteers running the vessel would be prepared to embark on the long sea journey to Algeciras since they say that conditions on board are critical.
Open Arms founder Oscar Camps posted a video on Twitter of four people swimming at sea, chased by three people.
He said migrants jumped off the ship and rescuers went after them.
Earlier this week, six EU countries – France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania and Spain – offered to take in some of the Open Arms migrants following their disembarkation.