Maritime rescue service takes aboard 300 migrants making dangerous crossing

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MORE than 300 migrants have been saved by Spain’s maritime rescue service trying to cross the Mediterranean sea this weekend.

The service says it rescued 160 migrants from six boats in the Strait of Gibraltar on Saturday, and a further 172 migrants from four boats there on Sunday.

Spain has overtaken Greece and Italy as a popular entry point, with the latter’s new populist government refusing to accept rescue boats.

According to the United Nations, 34,994 migrants have arrived in Spain this year, while 1,565 people are known to have died making the perilous journey.

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