Arab Times

Over 70 migrants rescued:

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More than 70 migrants, including three children, were rescued

Saturday off the coast of Libya as the Aquarius, chartered by the NGOs SOS Mediterran­ee and Doctors Without Borders came to their aid.

An AFP photograph­er was aboard the vessel as rescuers hauled at least 73 people to safety, including 12 women, nine youths and three children.

Around half the group — 37 — were Algerian with the remainder from sub-Saharan Africa.

German NGO Seefuchs said it had picked 19 other migrants headed for the Sicilian port of Trapani, where they were to be disembarke­d.

The Internatio­nal Organizati­on for Migration tweeted meanwhile that the Libyan coastguard had picked up a further 241 people, including five children, taking the annual total to 6,400 so far. (AFP)

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