BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – Footage captured on Saturday surfaced from the rescue operations of the humanitarian ship Aquarius, which picked up 625 refugees in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Libya.

Aquarius rescued 629 people in two different operations, with the coordination of the Italian coastguard.

They were to set dock in Sicily, but Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini responded by closing Italian ports and saying that Malta should take the boat.

Several Italian mayors publicly expressed their will to allow the boat to dock in their cities.

Video credit: Ruptly

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