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SOS Mediterranee rescues 72 migrants near Libya



The European rescue organisation SOS Mediterranee said, on Monday, that a Cypriot commercial ship rescued 72 illegal migrants in the Libyan waters.

The Cypriot ship in cooperation with Doctors Without Borders Organization found the migrants on a boat nearby the Libyan coast.

SOS Mediterranee stated, in a statement, that the ship rescued 30 persons, on Sunday on a wooden boat before sinking. It also saved the other 42 persons who had escaped from a rubber boat when the Libyan coast guards stopped it.

SOS Mediterranee added that the rescued migrants had come from 12 countries, most of them are African countries. Three of the migrants were women and 14 children without their families.

Eye-witnesses think that other 21 migrants on the wooden boat were drowned in the sea while 90 persons from the rubber boat were returned to Libya.