Spanish NGO boat rescues 100 migrants close to Libyan coast

2017-06-15 20:57
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Madrid - A Spanish aid organisation is rescuing more than 100 migrants who were attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in packed boats from Libya.

Laura Lanuza, spokesperson for Spain's Proactiva Open Arms aid group, said their crews on Thursday rescued most of the migrants from two packed rubber dinghies that were sailing in international waters some 29km north from the Libyan town of Sabratha.

In a separate operation, she said 11 people, including a 2-month-old baby with asthma, were rescued from a wooden migrant boat.

Libya is one of the prime spots for smugglers to launch boats - many unseaworthy - packed with migrants and refugees. Thousands have died in recent years attempting the crossing.

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