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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ghana Lets Ship Of Refugees Land

TAKORADI, Ghana -- Ghana relented Sunday and let an old freighter packed with sick and desperate Liberian war refugees dock after earlier being blocked.

But to the west, in Sierra Leone, up to 1,500 refugees on board a fishing boat which fled Liberia were ordered out of Freetown harbor.

The freighter Bulk Challenge, which has been at sea for a week with nearly 4,000 Liberians on board, was now heading back to the Ghanaian port of Takoradi.

"The vessel is running out of fuel so on humanitarian grounds they are bringing it back to refuel and to give medical assistance to passengers," one port official said.

Witnesses said naval units were erecting tents in readiness, but it was not clear if Ghana would enforce its decision that only non-Liberians would be allowed to disembark.

Earlier on Sunday, Ghanaian authorities used massive floating cranes at Takoradi to block the freighter.