Crew of MS Aquarius, which rescued more than 1,000 stranded people from the Mediterranean in one day, urge EU to do more to help

As 1,032 people plucked from the Mediterranean prepared to disembark the MS Aquarius onto southern Italian soil on Thursday, bringing refugee and migrant arrivals to more than 12,000 this week, those who had rescued them said they understood why Rome was threatening to close its ports to such vessels.

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