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More than 100 migrants reach Lanzarote on rafts

Las Palmas, Spain, Dec 7 (EFE).- Eleven women and four minors were among the 103 migrants who arrived Wednesday night in Spain’s Canary Islands aboard two inflatable rafts.

The occupants of one craft, 47 men and 11 women from sub-Saharan Africa, were rescued 22 km (14 mi) from Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote island, Maritime Rescue said.

Medics and other first responders were at La Cebolla dock to meet that group of migrants, who set out from Tarfaya, Morocco, according to the distress call received by authorities in the Spanish archipelago.

One of the 11 women in that group was pregnant.

While the rescue of the first raft was in progress, another came ashore at Las Caletas beach in the town of Teguise, Lanzarote’s emergency services office said.

The 45 North African males aboard the second craft received assistance from the Red Cross. EFE cda-jmr/dr

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