Newborn among 32 migrants rescued off Greece's island

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ATHENS, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Thirty-two migrants, including a newborn, were rescued on Wednesday off Greece's Lesvos island, the country's Coast Guard said.

A woman who was on board the migrants' dinghy that had sailed from Turkey gave birth on the islet of Barbalias, Greek national news agency AMNA reported.

All migrants were transferred to Lesvos and the mother and boy are in good health at the local hospital, Greek Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy Ioannis Plakiotakis said in an e-mailed press statement.

The nationalities of the migrants were not revealed.

The incident occurred as the influx of migrants and refugees in the first five months of 2022 increased by 36 percent to 4,051 compared to the same period in 2021, the Ministry of Migration and Asylum said on Tuesday.

Arrivals on Greece's islands have increased by 53 percent and across the land border between Greece and Turkey in the north by 26 percent. Enditem

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