Spain saves more than 300 immigrants at the start of the new year

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SPAIN (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Spanish Coast Guard agents rescued 325 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea during the first two days of the new year.

It comes days after the ship of a charity ship carrying 311 migrants, mostly Africans rescued off the Libyan coast, in Spain ended a tiring journey.

A spokeswoman for the Spanish Coast Guard told AFP that they rescued 111 migrants Tuesday in the Strait of Gibraltar and the Sea of ​​Boran.

It said another 214 migrants had been rescued on Wednesday and the coast guard was also looking for another boat in trouble.

Spain became the main transit point for migrants to Europe, ahead of Greece and Italy.

According to the latest figures of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 56,000 migrants arrived in Spain by sea from 1 January to 19 December 2018, and 769 migrants died while trying to cross the Mediterranean waters.

The Spanish Refugee Assistance Committee said the number was the highest since 2006.


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