150 migrants rescued off Spanish coast over several days

Almost 150 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean in makeshift boats have been rescued off the coast of Spain in less than a week, officials said Sunday. In the largest of several rescue operations last week, a boat carrying 53 people was spotted on Friday by a ferry off the coast of Andalusia in southern Spain, local emergency services said. The discovery of boats loaded with migrants has gathered pace over the past week as traffickers apparently take advantage of good weather and calm seas in the area, which lies opposite the Moroccan and Algerian coastlines.

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