Malta reaches EU deal to relocate 65 migrants

Malta has allowed a group of 65 illegal immigrants rescued off Libya to come to Valletta.

They were picked up from a rescue ship in the middle of the Mediterranean.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that all 65 would be relocated to other parts of the EU, following talks with the European Commission.

The migrants were brought ashore after being transferred to an Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat from the Alan Kurdi rescue ship.

The Maltese announcement came hours after the crew of the Alan Kurdi said three migrants on board had collapsed and were in need of urgent medical assistance.

The German-flagged vessel, operated by the charity Sea-Eye, made for Valletta on Saturday after being denied permission to dock in Italy.

Malta also rescued another group of 50 illegal immigrants from a sinking vessel in distress on Sunday during a separate incident.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has said his country would take at least 40 of the migrants from the two vessels.

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