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Over 400 migrants rescued off Spanish coast

AFP  |  Madrid 

Almost 400 migrants were rescued in the as they attempted to make the crossing from to Spain, Spanish said.

While the overall numbers of migrants reaching by sea is down from the peak in 2015, has seen a steady increase in sea arrivals that began more than a year ago and has surged in recent months.

Yesterday 458 people, including 13 children, were rescued from nine boats in the Strait of and the Alboran Sea, the two principal sea crossings to Spain, the Spanish coastguard said on

has overtaken as a destination for migration after a crackdown by Libyan authorities made it more difficult for migrants to reach Italian shores.

Close to 23,000 people have arrived by sea in so far this year, with 307 dying in the attempt, according to the -- more than during all of last year.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 03:45 IST