Malta rescues migrants


A Maltese armed forces patrol boat picked up more than 200 migrants from two dinghies in the Mediterranean and brought them to Malta on Saturday, a spokesman said.

At least one pregnant woman and some children were believed to be among the 216 rescued migrants. Their nationality was not known.

An AFM spokesman said a patrol boat was deployed to a sinking dinghy south of Malta on Friday. After picking up migrants, it was diverted to a second dinghy and picked up those migrants as well.

The armed forces said with good weather conditions prevailing, departures of migrants from Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria increased in past days, resulting in 12 migrant boats arriving in Sicily, Sardinia, and Lampedusa.

The Libyan coast guard said it rescued 290 migrants from inflatable rafts near Tripoli on Friday.