More than 600 migrants rescued off the coast of Spain over the weekend

Some of the migrants rescued over the weekend Some of the migrants rescued over the weekend @salvamentogob/Twitter

MORE THAN 600 African migrants have been rescued off the coast of Spain this weekend, according to reports.

The Salvamento Maritmo first posted on Twitter that 431 people had been rescued in the South-eastern region of Murcia in the early hours of Saturday morning.

This was then followed by a number of posts about other rescue missions across the weekend, carried out by the Salvamento Maritimo themselves, alongside the Navy and Guardia Civil officers.

Spain is reportedly the third busiest gateway for migrants arriving in Europe, with numbers of people arriving by sea tripling over the last year. 

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), almost 160,000 people have attempted the dangerous crossing to Europe this year.

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