Rescues in the Mediterranean: Nearly 270 migrants rescued by Ocean Viking | The migrant crisis

Mediterranean rescues: Nearly 270 migrants rescued by Ocean Viking | The migrant crisis

A boat carrying migrants, in the Mediterranean (Archives)

The Ocean Viking, a humanitarian ship of SOS Méditerranée, has rescued 268 people since Thursday during five rescues of migrants mostly in overcrowded wooden boats between Libya and Malta, the NGO announced Friday.

Many have high levels of exhaustion and dehydration and severe sunburn, detailed the NGO, headquartered in Marseille.< /p>

Several minors including unaccompanied minors, pregnant women and even a three-week-old baby are now cared for by SOS Méditerranée and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on the Ocean Viking.

On Tuesday, the ship explained that it had spotted four empty boats in this area, including one without a motor. But without communication from the maritime authorities, the fate of those on board remains unknown, she said.

Since the beginning of the year, 1,161 migrants have disappeared in the Mediterranean, including 918 in the central Mediterranean, the most dangerous migration route in the world, according to the Organization international for migration. The UN agency has estimated the number of dead and missing at 2048 in the Mediterranean, including 1553 for the central Mediterranean alone during the year 2021.

Each year, thousands of people fleeing conflict or poverty are trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, whose coasts are some 300 kilometers from Italy.

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