MALAGA (Reuters) – Nearly 200 individuals had been rescued trying to make the harmful crossing from North Africa to Spain on Monday, the coastguard mentioned.
The rescues come amid a debate in Spain over the function that charity boats ought to play in aiding authorities efforts after a Spanish non-governmental group ship was on the middle of a standoff with European states final month.
Within the Strait of Gibraltar, 73 individuals had been rescued from three boats, amongst them 10 minors, Spanish rescue providers mentioned. One other 110 individuals had been rescued from 5 boats within the Alboran Sea, the vast majority of whom might be taken to the port of Malaga.
Arrivals to Spain up to now this 12 months by mid-August had been slightly over 18,000, Inside Ministry information reveals, a 39% discount on the identical interval final 12 months.
United Nations information present irregular sea arrivals from the Center East and North Africa to European Union dropped from over 1 million in 2015 to some 141,500 individuals final 12 months whereas almost 15,000 persons are estimated to have died or gone lacking within the perilous sea voyage.
Reporting by Jon Nazca; Writing by Sam Edwards; Enhancing by Richard Chang