Malta has announced a deal to distribute among four EU nations the 64 migrants rescued at sea off Libya 10 days ago.

Malta announced Saturday that the migrants will be distributed among Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg. The migrants are being transferred to Maltese vessels and brought to port.

However, Malta said the German-flagged aid ship, named Alan Kurdi, will not be allowed to enter its ports.

A man is carried on the dock of the Sea-Watch rescue ship in the waters off Libya Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Fabian Heinz/Sea-eye.org via AP)
A man is carried on the dock of the Sea-Watch rescue ship in the waters off Libya Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Fabian Heinz/Sea-eye.org via AP)

Both Malta and Libya have refused to allow humanitarian rescue ship to enter their ports, saying their activities off Libya encourage human traffickers.

The German NGO Sea-Eye has complained about worsening conditions for the 64 migrants. Two have been evacuated in recent days due to health issues.

The Sea-Watch rescue ship sails in the waters off Libya Wednesday, April 3, 2019. The German humanitarian group Sea-Watch says the ship it operates in the central Mediterranean Sea has rescued 64 migrants in waters off Libya. (Fabian Heinz/Sea-eye.org via AP)
The Sea-Watch rescue ship sails in the waters off Libya Wednesday, April 3, 2019. The German humanitarian group Sea-Watch says the ship it operates in the central Mediterranean Sea has rescued 64 migrants in waters off Libya. (Fabian Heinz/Sea-eye.org via AP)

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