December 22, 2018 / 6:31 PM / 3 months ago

Spanish charity Open Arms rescues 311 migrants off Libya

Migrants, intercepted off the coast in the Mediterranean Sea, wait to disembark from a rescue boat at the port of Malaga, southern Spain, December 21, 2018. Picture taken December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms has rescued 311 migrants in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Libya, it said on Saturday.

The migrants will be taken to the Spanish port of Algeciras after the charity’s vessel was refused entry by several European countries, including Malta and Italy. A newborn baby and his mother were taken by helicopter to Malta.

Proactiva Open Arms operates between Libya and southern Europe in a mission aimed at aiding migrants who have found themselves in trouble attempting to cross the sea from north Africa.

Reporting by Julien Toyer; Editing by David Holmes

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