Currently, 642 people rescued at sea are waiting to be allowed to disembark in European Union territory.
Over the last 24 hours, the Spanish humanitarian organization Open Arms has rescued 158 migrants who were sailing in the central Mediterranean Sea and at risk of a shipwreck on two different boats.
The Open Arms vessel is currently the only humanitarian ship present in international waters in front of Libya, as the rest of rescue boats are heading to Italy in search of a port.
Rescued migrants come from South Sudan, Gambia, Egypt, Senegal, Chad, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Central African Republic. Among them are three women and 38 unaccompanied minors.
“The general situation is good onboard. The rescued people had breakfast and have no health problems. So no evacuation will be requested,” the Open Arms mission chief Gerard Canals said.
On Tuesday morning, Morocco’s authorities also rescued a ship that was sinking, about six nautical miles from El Aaiun, with 34 people on board.