In this file photo from 2018, the Proactiva Open Arms rescue boat is seen docked at the Center for Temporary Assistance to Foreigners (CATE) in the port of Algeciras, in Campamento, Spain [File: Jon Nazca/Reuters]

More than 500 rescued migrants and refugees are stuck in the Mediterranean Sea on two NGO boats, as Italy and Malta continue to deny them access to their ports.

French charity group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said late on Monday it had completed “a critical rescue” of another 105 people onto the Ocean Viking, raising the total number of migrants on board that ship to 356.

At least another 150 people remain on board the Spanish charity vessel, the Proactiva Open Arms.

Italy’s far-right interior minister and deputy

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