This weekend, Italy’s new government turned away a ship carrying over 600 rescued migrants making the deadly Mediterranean crossing, including unaccompanied minors and pregnant women. An estimated 785 migrants have died on the route this year.
The Aquarius, run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the SOS Mediterranée, is stranded in the Mediterranean Sea after rescuing the migrants from rubber vessels.
Italian officials said the country was saying "NO to human trafficking," and reportedly asked Malta to dock the migrants. Malta's Prime Minister refused, saying the request went "against international rules," and risks "creating a dangerous situation for all those involved." The UN has appealed for a speedy resolution.