Spain rescues 250 migrants in Mediterranean

Spanish authorities said they rescued over 250 migrants, including children , on Saturday who were making the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe .“We saved 251 people from five improvised vessels all in the Alboran Sea, ” Spain ’s maritime safety authorities said on Twitter , referring to the westernmost portion of the Mediterranean Sea .

The number of migrants arriving by sea on Spanish shores has soared over last year , with the figure nearly tripling to 15 ,585 in 2017 by November 8 , according to the International Organization for Migration ( IOM) .

Many Africans undertaking the long route to Europe are choosing to avoid crossing danger- ridden Libya to get to Italy along the so -called central Mediterranean route, and choosing instead to get there via Morocco and Spain .

However, Spain is still well behind Italy , which has recorded some 114, 400 arrivals by sea since since the start of the year.

Since January nearly 15 , 600 migrants have made it to Spain by sea , with 156 dying during the crossing, according to the IOM.

The agency estimates that some 155, 850 migrants have made the dangerous crossing to Europe this year and another 2 , 961 died or went missing while trying .

AFP

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