TWO children and 24 unaccompanied minors were among 73 migrants rescued by Spanish humanitarian organisation Open Arms in the Mediterranean earlier today.
Some of the migrants were suffering from traumatic shock, second and third degree burns, gunshot wounds, severe hypothermia and dehydration, the organisation said on social media.
The migrants were traveling in a drifting barge that was at risk of shipwrecking and were found about 50 miles (about 80 kilometers) north of the Libyan city of Az Zawiya, west of Tripoli, near the Tunisian border, they told Efe NGO sources.
Volunteers at Open Arms are preparing medical reports and have requested safe passage from the two closest European countries, Italy and Malta.
A migrant distribution system was agreed between Germany, France, Italy and Malta in September to manage migratory flows only from the central Mediterranean. The four countries want to extend the agreement to other EU partners.