Spanish coastguards rescue 200 migrants

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MORE THAN 200 migrants were rescued by Spanish coastguards last Saturday as they attempted crossing the Mediterranean from north Africa to Spain.

Most of the migrants were from sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb and were rescued from five vessels in the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea, which separates Spain from Morocco.

A spokesman told the Spanish press dozens were rescued south of Gibraltar from three boats.

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), 3,314 people have reached Spain by sea between January 1 and April 30 this year.

Last Thursday, more than 400 migrants were reported rescued by the Spanish sea rescue service.

At least 2,018 people have died or disappeared in the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year, according to IOM’s latest report.

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