A man stands on the deck of the Italian Coast Guard ship "Diciotti" moored at the Catania harbor Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. The European Union is trying to find countries willing to take 177 people rescued at sea after Italy sought its help to deal with yet another migrant standoff with Malta. The Italian coast guard ship Diciotti that had been sitting off Italy’s Lampedusa island entered Catania's harbor. Rome asked Malta to take them in but Malta, the EU’s smallest member country _ refused, saying the migrant boat wasn't in distress and that the migrants declined Maltese assistance, preferring to continue toward Italy. (Orietta Scardino/ANSA via AP)

Italian coast guard ship with migrants arrives in Sicily

August 21, 2018 - 4:56 am

MILAN (AP) — The Italian coast guard ship Diciotto has made port in the Sicilian city of Catania with 177 migrants awaiting word on which countries will take them following another standoff between Malta and Italy.

Though the ship made port late Monday, the Italian government is not allowing the migrants to disembark pending a decision by the European Union on where they will go.

The migrants, rescued last week, include 28 unaccompanied minors.

Malta has declined to take them, saying the smugglers' boat they were in was not in distress as it passed Maltese waters and that, in any case, the migrants preferred to continue to Italy.

Italy has asked the EU to work out a solution and follows a threat by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to send them back to Libya.

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