By Tara Rippin • 28 October 2018 • 15:47
TWO children have died in the Mediterranean as more than 450 migrants attempt to reach Spain from Morocco in the last three days.
And a further 16 migrants have been reported missing after another boat capsized off the coast of north Morocco, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
The Caminando Fronteras NGO, which helps migrants, confirmed the ‘lifeless’ bodies recovered were those of two seven-year-old children.
Spanish Maritime Service tweeted this afternoon (Sunday) that 465 people have been rescued from eight boats in less than 72 hours, the majority of whom were plucked from the coasts off the region of Murcia yesterday.
Some 42,500 migrants have arrived by sea in Spain since the beginning of the year, and another 433 have been killed making the perilous journey.
The death toll is already reportedly three times higher than the figure for the whole of 2017.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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