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Tue, 13 Aug 2019 21:16 GMT

More than 500 rescued migrants were stuck in the Mediterranean Sea on two NGO boats, as Italy and Malta continued to deny them access to their ports on Tuesday, August 13th.

The French charity group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said late on Monday in a Tweet that it had completed "a critical rescue" of another 105 people onto the Ocean Viking, raising the total number of migrants currently on board of the ship to 356 people.

Another 150 migrants remain on board of the Spanish-flagged charity ship, the Open Arms, according to AP.

Italy's hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini, reiterated his intent to make sure the two migrant ships would not be allowed to enter Italian ports on Tuesday.

The limbo of the Open Arms and the ship operated by Doctors Without Borders and sea rescue group SOS Mediterranee was only the latest one in a string of standoffs between charity organisations and primarily southern European nations, who refused to take them in, that kept Europe-bound migrants at sea in miserable conditions.