The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, a migrant receives medical assistance after being rescued by Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel, two days ago off the Libyan shore. The Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms carried medical checks and provided food, clothes and blankets to the migrants. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, a migrant receives medical assistance after being rescued by Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel, two days ago off the Libyan shore. The Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms carried medical checks and provided food, clothes and blankets to the migrants. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)

Spain says a fishing vessel that rescued 12 migrants in waters north of Libya on Thursday is awaiting a decision from Italy, Malta and Libya over where the migrants can land.

The migrants are from Senegal, Mali and Libya and rescued by 13 crew members of the Spanish fishing vessel, Europa Press news agency reported. The boat is stranded in central Mediterranean waters north of Libya.

In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, Migrants from Somalia, Nigeria, Sudan, Senegal and Egypt stand on the deck of Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel, after being rescued two days ago off the Libyan coast. The Open Arms assisted migrants medically and provided them with food, blankets and clothes. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, Migrants from Somalia, Nigeria, Sudan, Senegal and Egypt stand on the deck of Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel, after being rescued two days ago off the Libyan coast. The Open Arms assisted migrants medically and provided them with food, blankets and clothes. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)

Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said Monday that Italy and Malta have rejected taking the trawler in because the rescue took place in Libyan territorial waters.

In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, A migrant from Nigeria stands on the deck of Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel that rescued twelve people two days ago a north of the Libyan shore. The Open Arms assisted migrants medically and provided them with food, blankets and clothes. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, A migrant from Nigeria stands on the deck of Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel that rescued twelve people two days ago a north of the Libyan shore. The Open Arms assisted migrants medically and provided them with food, blankets and clothes. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)

Oscar Camps, the founder of Spanish non-profit Open Arms, has criticized negotiations to send the migrants back to Libya, arguing that the country’s ports can’t be considered safe.

A doctor from the group boarded the Spanish fishing vessel on Saturday and confirmed all passengers were in good health.

In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, a migrant receives medical assistance after being rescued by Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel, two days ago north of the Libyan shore. The Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms carried medical checks and provided food, clothes and blankets to the migrants. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, a migrant receives medical assistance after being rescued by Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel, two days ago north of the Libyan shore. The Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms carried medical checks and provided food, clothes and blankets to the migrants. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)

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2:30 p.m.

In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, migrants rest on the deck of Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel that rescued twelve migrants two days ago about 78 miles north off Libyan shore. The Open Arms assisted migrants medically and provided them with food, blankets and clothes. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, migrants rest on the deck of Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel that rescued twelve migrants two days ago about 78 miles north off Libyan shore. The Open Arms assisted migrants medically and provided them with food, blankets and clothes. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)

Italian police say they have detained five Egyptians accused of smuggling a boatload of 264 migrants from Libya to Sicily.

In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, a migrant rests aboard Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel that rescued twelve migrants two days ago about 78 miles north off Libyan shore.  The Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms assisted the migrants aboard the fishing vessel medically and provided them with food, blankets and clothes.(AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, a migrant rests aboard Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel that rescued twelve migrants two days ago about 78 miles north off Libyan shore. The Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms assisted the migrants aboard the fishing vessel medically and provided them with food, blankets and clothes.(AP Photo/Javier Fergo)

The overloaded fishing boat pulled into the Ragusa port Saturday, its third day at sea, and the migrants disembarked and were registered.

Police said Monday that the migrants, most of them from Eritrea, identified the five Egyptian crew who charged them 1,500 euros apiece for the passage.

In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms RIB vessel approaches Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel that rescued twelve migrants two days ago about 78 miles north off Libyan shore. The Open Arms assisted migrants medically and provided them with food, blankets and clothes. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 photo, the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms RIB vessel approaches Nuestra Madre de Loreto, a Spanish fishing vessel that rescued twelve migrants two days ago about 78 miles north off Libyan shore. The Open Arms assisted migrants medically and provided them with food, blankets and clothes. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)

While most migrants are rescued at sea before reaching Italy, some do occasionally make it if their original boat is sturdy enough.

Overall, migrant crossings to Italy began decreasing in 2017, after Italy’s previous government negotiated deals with Libyan leaders and militias. The numbers have dropped further after the current government cracked down on humanitarian groups operating rescue missions in the Mediterranean.

Source: The Associated Press

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