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Spanish Ship Rescues 73 Migrants Off Libya

Spanish Ship Rescues 73 Migrants Off Libya

Thursday, 21 November, 2019 - 12:15
Migrants are seen in a dinghy as they are rescued by Libyan coast guards in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Libyan Coast Guard/Handout via REUTERS

Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms has rescued 73 migrants from a distressed boat off Libya’s coast.

The NGO said Thursday on its Twitter account that the rescued migrants included four women, a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old, and 24 unaccompanied minors.

Open Arms said the migrants showed signs of gunshot wounds, traumatic shock and serious hypothermia.

On Wednesday, another humanitarian ship, Ocean Viking, said it had rescued another 30 people from a boat in distress off the Libyan coast, bringing the total number of migrants aboard the rescue vessel to 125.

NGOs have been involved in bitter disputes with the Italian government in recent months, after the country previously denied safe harbor to rescue ships under the former hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini.

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