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    Saturday, 22 December 2018

    Sad story as Dozens of Migrants are reported dead.


    No fewer than 25 people are believed to have died or are missing, including a pregnant woman, when a group of migrant boats got stranded at sea and was rescued off the Spanish coast on Thursday.

    Briefing reporters in Geneva on Friday, Spokesperson for the UN High Commission Refugees (UNHCR), Elizabeth Throssell, said that colleagues in the field had reported that bodies had been found on two of the boats.

    “You can imagine how traumatising that was for the people who were rescued,” Ms Throssell said.

    According to reports, the migrants had sailed from North Africa.

    On one of the six vessels found adrift in the Straits of Gibraltar, in the western Mediterranean Sea, 33 people had been rescued, but 12 had died and a further 12 were missing, UNHCR said.

    On another of the boats, the UN refugee agency said 57 people had been on board, including one that had already died by the time of the rescue.

    “There was a massive sea-swell that threw them into the water,” Ms Throssell said, adding that among the survivors was a mother and her two-year-old child who was evacuated by helicopter, after she was found to be suffering from hypothermia.

    She added that many of the survivors were being held at detention centres at the Port of Almeria in Spain.

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