In the past two days, Spanish rescuers have rescued more than 400 migrants and asylum seekers and disembarked them to the Canary Islands as they tried to reach the Atlantic Islands from West Africa on crowded and often unsafe ships
Agüini, Spain-In the past two days, Spanish rescuers have rescued more than 400 migrants and asylum seekers and disembarked them to the Canary Islands as they tried to arrive from West Africa on several overcrowded and unsafe smuggling vessels Atlantic Islands.
On Tuesday alone, the Spanish Maritime Rescue Agency stated that it rescued more than 130 people from North and West Africa, including several women and children, and took them to safety on the Spanish islands of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. .
Also on Tuesday, a humanitarian network alert call for migrants in distress reported that the Royal Moroccan Navy picked up 20 migrants in the sea on Monday after being spotted by a cargo ship. The Spanish Maritime Rescue Agency confirmed this.
In another case on Tuesday, the Spanish Maritime Rescue Agency stated that the Moroccan authorities told them that at least one person on a distressed migrant ship was dead and another person was missing. According to the Spanish Maritime Rescue Agency, the Moroccan authorities reported that 24 migrants had managed to swim back to the Moroccan coast.
The Atlantic route from West Africa to the Canary Islands is increasingly being used by smugglers who disembark from Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal and even Gambia. So far this year, more than 18,000 people have arrived in the Canary Islands in this way.
The Atlantic route is also one of the deadliest routes to Europe. The United Nations immigration agency reported about 900 migrants dead and missing this year, although it acknowledges that the actual death toll may be much higher.
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