Malta rescues 95 migrants from sinking boat

Malta's armed forces have rescued 95 migrants from a sinking boat in the Mediterranean Sea.

They were found north of Libya, and brought ashore at a military base near the Maltese capital Valletta on Monday (July 27).

A volunteer organization Alarm Phone had reported the small boat was overcrowded and taking on water in an area within Malta's search-and-rescue region.

It's not the first rescue Maltese authorities have performed this month.

In mid-July, a patrol boat rescued another group of 63 migrants and brought them to Malta.

One of those migrants tested positive for coronavirus and medical authorities put the group in quarantine.

The Mediterranean sees occasional attempts by migrants to cross into Europe - sometimes in dangerous and overcrowded boats.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says they are often trying to flee conflict and acute poverty.

Last week, hundreds of migrants crossed in small boats to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

Officials said the migrants arrived from Libya.

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