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216 Migrants Rescued From 2 Boats in Mediterranean Sea

216 Migrants Rescued From 2 Boats in Mediterranean Sea

Saturday, 25 May, 2019 - 10:00
Migrants sit on an Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat before disembarking at its base in Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta, Malta May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Maltese authorities announced rescuing up to 216 migrants aboard two dinghies in the Mediterranean Sea near Malta.

At least one pregnant woman and a number of children were believed to be among the rescued, Reuters reported.

The migrants were rescued Friday night by the Armed Forces of Malta and are being taken to Malta where they will be examined by doctors and given the chance to seek asylum.

The Libyan coast guard said on Friday it had rescued 290 migrants from inflatable rafts near the capital Tripoli.

Maltese officials say good weather prompted at least 12 migrant boats to cross the Mediterranean in the past two days.

According to the officials, the boats left from Libya, Tunisia and Algeria.

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