Over 200 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

Published: July 20, 2017 10:50:10 | Updated: October 22, 2017 00:36:39


Migrants on a wooden boat are rescued by "Save the Children" NGO crew from the ship Vos Hestia in the Mediterranean sea off Libya coast on Jan 18 last.

Two people were found dead as more than 200 migrants adrift in two dinghies off the Libyan coast were rescued by the Spanish navy on Sunday, the Spanish Defense Ministry said on Monday.

 

In total, 229 people were picked up after a Spanish navy ship was dispatched to help the boats struggling to stay afloat, reports Reuters.

 

After the rescue mission was completed the migrants were transferred to a Swedish ship, which is also part of a wider European response to tackle human smuggling and trafficking networks in the Mediterranean Sea, and taken to Italy.

 

Half a million people have crossed the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy over the past four years, mainly sub-Saharan Africans who pay smugglers to shepherd them across the desert to Libya, and onward to Europe in unseaworthy dinghies.

 

An estimated 13,000 of them have drowned.

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