Over 300 migrants rescued off Spanish coast

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 17, 2017

Spanish coastguards have rescued almost 600 people from 15 boats and a jet ski in the waters between Morocco and Spain, spokesman said.

Some of the migrants were said to have attempted the seven-mile crossing on jet skis, and paddle boats for children, in an effort to bypass people-smugglers who charge thousands of euros for crossing. The United Nations has said that over 9,000 migrants have arrived in Spain since the beginning of the year, triple the number during the same period last year.

Italy is the main stopping point for migrants crossing to Europe, but Spain is expected this year to overtake Greece as the second-largest gateway.

A further two rafts - one of them containing six children - were picked up in the Gibraltar Strait in the early hours of Thursday morning.

However, a much larger number - almost 100,000 - have crossed from Libya to Italy since the start of the year.

The number of migrants arriving in Spain by sea does not include those entering the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa, which are the EU's only land borders with Africa.

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