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Spain Spares Nearly 200 migrants from the Mediterranean

The rescues come amid a debate in Spain over the function that charity ships should play in helping government attempts after a Spanish non-governmental business boat was in the middle of a standoff with European nations a month.

At the Strait of Gibraltar, 73 individuals were rescued from three ships, one of them 10 minors, Spanish rescue agencies mentioned. Another 110 individuals were rescued out of five ships in the Alboran Sea, the vast majority of whom will probably be carried to the port of Malaga.

Arrivals to Spain so much this season by mid-August have been a bit over 18,000, Interior Ministry statistics shows, a 39% decrease on precisely the exact same period this past year.

United Nations statistics show intermittent sea arrivals in the Middle East and North Africa into European Union dropped from more than 1 million in 2015 to a 141,500 people annually whilst almost 15,000 individuals are estimated to have died or gone missing from the dangerous sea voyage.