Africans cross to Spain in a day

599 people had been rescued since the early hours of yesterday morning

Spainish coastguard says 600 migrants crossing from Morocco have been rescued in a 24-hour operation amid a reduction in the number of migrant arrivals.

The migrants, among whom were 35 children, were onboard 15 boats including small rowboats.

The warning reportedly came as the Spanish maritime rescue service rescued almost 600 people on 15 rafts on Wednesday. There were 21 children, including one baby, rescued yesterday, according to the emergency services....

The majority were form North Africa and the Sub-Sahara region.

Joel Millman, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration in Geneva, called the influx "a big number" for Spain, though Italy has received far more migrants this year.

The UN refugee agency has warned that Madrid lacks resources to deal with the growing number of migrants entering the country by sea, a spokeswoman for the UNHCR in Spain said.

At least 121 drowned while attempting this route, compared with 128 deaths for the whole of 2016, as recorded by the IOM. Spanish coastguards have reported rescuing nearly 600 people in just one day, while the United Nations expects the country to overtake Greece as the second primary route for asylum seekers. IOM figures show that they now stand at 2,410 dead or missing. Earlier this year a thousand people stormed a 6-meter-high border fence and clashed with security guard from both countries.

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