After nearly three months of jumping up and down in place, the newly invested Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has hit the ground running in the worst possible direction.
Rome's decision to turn away ship full of migrants described as 'nauseating'.
Its doctors are helping treat the migrants, who include seven pregnant women, 11 young children and 123 unaccompanied minors.
Where were the migrants rescued from?
They were taken on board its ship Aquarius, which is now between Malta and Sicily.
"Disembarkation can not be delayed further", said Dr David Beversluis, MSF's doctor on board Aquarius.
A doctor aboard the ship, David Beversluis, said one passenger had to be revived after he was rescued. Many are suffering from fuel burns as a result, and most are dehydrated. A spokesman for Macron's Republic on the Move party earlier said the Italian government's policy was "sickening". Like the Aquarius, the Sea-Watch 3 rescued migrants in the waters off Libya, where human smugglers are based and asylum-hopefuls have reported torture, beatings, rape and scarce rations in migrant detention centers.
"It's clear right now, too many people will drown if we're not out here", he said.
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Spain has accepted a rescue ship carrying 629 migrants which had been turned away by the new Italian government, avoiding a humanitarian crisis and diffusing a political stand-off between two European Union countries.
Spain's offer is "important news, since it signals a turning point", Di Maio said.
But no matter the goodwill Sánchez receives, analysts and migration experts said Spanish ports don't represent a sustainable alternative for vessels rescuing migrants stranded in the Mediterranean, given the distance those boats would need to travel, as well as existing pressures in Spain. They were transferred to the Aquarius on Saturday before the standoff developed.
French conservative lawmaker Eric Ciotti said no French port should take in the Aquarius, the humanitarian ship stranded in worldwide waters in the Mediterranean since Saturday. "I'm a spokesman for the party, not the government, but I can't imagine that France will not play a role in finding a humanitarian solution for this boat", he said. "We need to show solidarity which Italy has not shown".
Malta and the new populist government in Italy both refused to take the migrants in, accusing each other of failing to meet their obligations.
Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat accused Italy of violating worldwide norms governing sea rescues and said the government's stance risked "creating a unsafe situation for all those involved".
Malta and Italy thanked Spain for stepping up, but maintained their dispute over who was responsible.
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who came into office just over a week ago, said: "It is our duty to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and offer a secure port for these people".
Many Spanish regions and cities have offered to provide long-term support to the migrants, said Valencia's regional vice-president, Monica Oltra.
"Italy has stopped bowing our heads and obeying", Salvini said in a Facebook post.