Spain’s coastguard saves more than 450 immigrants in the Mediterranean

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As many as 458 people, including 13 children, were rescued in the Mediterranean on Tuesday as they attempted to make the crossing from Morocco to Spain. 

Immigrants were rescued from nine boats in the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea, the Spanish coastguard reported on Twitter.

Media noted that Spain has overtaken Italy as a destination for migration, after a crackdown by Libyan authorities made it more difficult for migrants to reach Italian shores.

Almost 23,000 people have arrived by sea in Spain so far this year, the International Organization for Migration reported.

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