94 rescued migrants land in Malta

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Migrants wait in line to disembark from the Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat at Boiler Wharf in Senglea, Malta, on July 27, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

A group of 94 migrants rescued by the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) landed in Malta on Monday evening, local media Times of Malta reported.

Most of the migrants were men and five were women, including a young girl and one child around a year old. Details about their nationalities are not yet known.

The migrants were in distress in Malta's search and rescue area over the weekend. Alarm Phone,the hotline support for people crossing the Mediterranean Sea to the European Union, received calls from them and alerted the relevant authorities, kickstarting the rescue operation.

According to Alarm Phone, the dinghy the migrants were on was floating and had started taking in water early on Sunday. The boat was overcrowded and repeated requests were relayed to the Maltese and Italian authorities.

The NGO hotline said the Maltese authorities had asked a vessel that was close by to monitor the migrants and render assistance if needed. The monitoring continued until an AFM vessel rescued the migrants.

The last group to arrive in Malta was about a week ago. Malta has received around 1,800 migrants since the beginning of the year.

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