Somali migrants on boat rescued off Libya reaches Spain

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The Spanish charity which runs the Open Arms vessel says it has recued hundreds of migrants, after an operation.

The Open Arms says pregnant women, children and babies, mainly from Somalia, Nigeria and Mali were rescued in the operation.

A rescue ship carrying 300 migrants reportedly docked in the port of Crinavis, in San Roque, near the city of Algeciras.

The rescue operation was carried out on December 21 after three vessels were denied entry by Italy and Malta.

More than 1,300 migrants have perished trying to reach Italy or Malta since the beginning of the year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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