Three Spanish planes to repatriate adrift migrants
13 February 2007, MADRID — Three Spanish military planes will begin on Tuesday repatriating immigrants who were stranded on a boat off Mauritania for over a week.
13 February 2007
MADRID — Three Spanish military planes will begin on Tuesday repatriating immigrants who were stranded on a boat off Mauritania for over a week.
The aircraft will take 369 mostly Asian immigrants after they have been properly identified.
The immigrants finally arrived on dry land after nine days being in limbo at sea off Mauritania.
A deal was reached between Spain and Mauritania so the immigrants could disembark in Naudibu, in the north of the west African country late on Monday.
Some of those who cannot be identified will be taken to a camp in the canary Islands.
The Spanish Red Cross and the Red Crescent were working together on Tuesday to treat the immigrants who had spent months trying to reach Europe from Asia.
At least 214 were suffering from illness and had to be treated.
Enrique Suárez, of the Spanish Red Cross, said: "None is seriously ill. They are suffering from sun stroke or fever or sickness."
However, one person was under observation as they could be suffering from a more serious condition.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news