Malta rescues 69 migrants, but refuses 31 others stranded at sea

Valletta - Sixty-nine migrants have been rescued and taken to Malta, officials say.

The migrants were rescued by an army patrol boat from a wooden boat in distress some 117 nautical miles south-west of Malta, the Armed Forces of Malta said.

The statement did not divulge the condition of those on board nor their nationalities. 
The rescue comes as a German-run NGO ship remains barred from disembarking a group of 31 African migrants in Malta. The Sea-Watch 3 has been adrift between Malta and Libya since December 22.

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