A German rescue ship with more than 200 migrants on board remains in a holding pattern off Malta for the sixth day after EU states failed to agree on a plan to equitably distribute the migrants.
Mission Lifeline spokesman Axel Steier said Wednesday that weather conditions were deteriorating and some people rescued at sea were in fragile health.
Italy on Tuesday said a deal had been reached that included Italy taking some migrants, and that the ship would head to Malta. But Malta later indicated it didn't have a broader agreement it was seeking from EU states, with just four countries agreeing to take migrants.
Steier claimed that the crisis was blocked by Germany's interior minister, citing media reports. The Interior Ministry did not immediately comment.