Migrants in Spain total around 200 at weekend

UP to 200 migrants, spread among seven boats, arrived at the Spanish provinces of the Canary Islands, Murcia, Cadiz and Alicante, on the first weekend of 2020.

Europa Press said the first group, comprising at least 28 people, including a child and a woman of North African origin, were rescued near Cadiz on the Saturday.

The same day, Salvamento Maritimo intercepted a boat in Alicante’s Santa Pola Beach, carrying 16 Algerian men. One of them had to be taken to the General Hospital.

In Cartagena, three boats were intercepted by the Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima, also known as SASEMAR. There was a total of 36 Algerian migrants, including two women and a minor, all supported by the Red Cross.

On Sunday, the emergency services rescued and treated 10 migrants, made up of nine men, including a minor, and one woman. They were on a boat which had been intercepted in Cabo de Palos, Murcia.

Also, on the same day, Salvamento Maritimo rescued around 44 migrants from south of the Sahara, in an inflatable boat, including five young children, near the coast of Gran Tarajal, in Fuerteventura.

Salvamento Maritimo also reported rescuing 59 migrants in a boat near Gran Canaria, but the Red Cross reported that one of them had died. It was the first death recorded in 2020 by a person trying to reach the Canary coast.

The Red Cross also reported that a boat with some 14 people was intercepted along the Alicante coast.

These 197 migrants added to the 150 migrants who arrived on Friday, 3rd January in over 15 ships, in the waters of the Canary Islands, Andalusia, Murcia and Alicante, says the Europa Press.

In addition. A small patera arrived in North Lanzarote on Monday night, with three adults and 12 minors aboard.

A second migrants’ boat was detected off the Haria coastline by the Canarian emergency services the following morning, just before 1am.

On board the small, wooden vessel were 15 people, comprising two men and a woman, along with 12 male minors.

Once their small boat had been intercepted, two minors were taken to hospital for treatment, following complications arising from the crossing.

Both youngsters were suffering severe sickness, but the remainder on board the boat all appeared healthy.



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