177 migrants rescued off Spain’s southern coast

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177 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa were rescued on Tuesday off the southern Mediterranean coast on six boats, Spanish authorities said.

Spain’s maritime rescue service said it had spotted some of the boats by airplane, before sending out ships to carry out the rescues at various points on the country’s southern shore, including near Malaga.
According to the International Organization for Migration, 3,845 migrants entered Spain via sea crossings in 2015.

Other boats have recently also been intercepted off the Spanish coast, including an incident where around 50 migrants were rescued in August, some of whom had attempted to cross from Morocco’s northern coast.

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