Italy demands sanctions on Malta following another row over migrant boats between the two countries

Italy demands sanctions on Malta following another row over migrant boats between the two countries
By Katy Dartford
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Italian interior Minister Matteo Salvini says that unless other European countries take in their fare share of the 177 migrants stranded on an Italian coast guard ship, they'll be returned to Libya.

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Italy has demanded sanctions be imposed on Malta in a growing row over migrant boats in the Mediterranean.

Officials in the two countries are continuing to argue over where the Italian Coast Guard ship - Diciotti- should dock.

Italian Interior minister Matteo Salvini says other European countries need to take in the migrants or he will return them to Libya.

His threat came after Malta refused to help the boat, which was crossing international waters, saying it was not in distress.

Our correspondent Anelise Borges spent 10 days on board the humanitarian rescue ship, Aquarius back in June.

She explains that this is not the first row between Italy and Malta over who should take in rescued migrants from their boats.

You can see her report in the video above.

Journalist • Katy Dartford

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