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Over 850 migrants rescued in the Strait of Gibraltar

Migrants, intercepted aboard two dinghies off the coast in the Strait of Gibraltar, rest as they wait on a rescue boat to disembark after arriving at the port of Tarifa, Spain July 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Over 850 migrants were rescued in the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran basin since last Friday, according to Spanish authorities.

Most of them – over 650 – were picked up in the strait, in what has become a daily event for Spanish maritime rescue services in this region.

Yesterday alone, 52 people were rescued trying to cross the strait from Morocco to Spain.

On land, the massive number of new arrivals continues to put pressure on Spanish reception centres, with hundreds being cared for in a sports centre in Algeciras over the weekend.

Pic by REUTERS/Jon Nazca