Romania intercepts boat with 70 migrants on board

Seven children, including a five-month-old baby, and 20 women were among those on board the fishing boat which came from Turkey. (File Photo: AP)

Romanian coastguard have intercepted a boat carrying 70 mainly Syrian and Iraqi migrants in the Black Sea, the interior ministry announced on Saturday.

Seven children, including a five-month-old baby, and twenty women were among those on board the fishing boat which came from Turkey.

The small boat was intercepted off the Romanian coast on Friday night after it encountered problems due to high winds and rough seas.

The migrants were rescued and escorted to the eastern Romanian port of Constanta for medical checks before being handed over to immigration authorities.

According to the coastguard this is the tenth such incident in two years.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45
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