Spanish navy frigate rescues 282 migrants off Libya’s coast

Spanish navy rescues 282 migrants off Libyan coast. The Spanish frigate has rescued more than 3,000 migrants in the past three monthsSpanish navy rescues 282 migrants off Libyan coast. The Spanish frigate has rescued more than 3,000 migrants in the past three months

Spain’s defense ministry says a navy frigate has rescued 282 migrants from two boats found adrift in waters off the Libyan coast, News 24 reported.

A ministry statement says the migrants rescued on Wednesday included 18 Eritrean children under 10 years old. They were sailing in a small rubber boat and a larger wooden one, News 24 added.

The statement on Thursday says the migrants were from African and Asian nations. They were transferred to a British vessel also taking part in the European Union’s anti-smuggling mission in Libyan waters, according to News 24.

The ministry says the rescue brought to 3 035 the number of migrants picked up by the frigate in the past three months. It says three alleged traffickers were detained, News 24 explained.

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