THE Spanish coastguard has informed that some 200 migrants were rescued from makeshift boats in the Mediterranean Sea yesterday, Christmas Day.
The total migrants rescued were from a number of separate operations off the coasts of Spain and Morocco, however no information has been given about the nationalities of those on board.
According to the Spanish coastguard, the largest number of people rescued were found on the Zaffarin islands off Morocco and the tiny islet of Alboran, in total some 120 individuals were located and safely rescued there.
Several other makeshift boats were discovered off the south-eastern coast of Spain as well as off Gibraltar and near the Canary Islands in the Atlantic.
As Euro Weekly News understands from recent data from the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration, this year alone, at least 1,246 migrants have died making the perilous crossing over the Mediterranean to seek a new life in Europe.