‘Back way’ to Spain: Over 140 migrants saved from boats on way to Canary Islands

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By AP

More than 140 migrants were saved by Spanish rescuers on the seaborne route from Africa to the Canary Islands, Spanish authorities said Wednesday.

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Emergency services for the Canary Islands said rescuers saved 90 migrants from two boats intercepted near the island of Gran Canaria.

Another 55 migrants were attended by emergency services after being pulled from a boat in waters near the island of Fuerteventura.

Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura belong to Spain’s Canary Islands archipelago in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, which at its nearest point is only 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Morocco.

Spain’s Interior Ministry reported 13,118 arrivals of migrants to the islands this year up to September 30, over double the arrivals during the same period last year.

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