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MSF Personnel Rescue Over 300 People in Mediterranean Sea

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"Doctors Without Borders" rescue ship has evacuated a total of 308 people in the Mediterranean Sea, the aid agency said Sunday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Teams from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) aboard a search, rescue and medical care ship have saved a total of 308 people, predominantly Eritreans, in the Mediterranean Sea, the aid agency said Sunday.

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Earlier in the day, MSF announced it has relaunched search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean Sea with the Dignity 1 vessel.

"Currently onboard #Dignity1 are 308 rescued #people including 80 women & 23 kids. Most are from #Eritrea," MSF Sea wrote on its official Twitter account.

​The MSF ship Dignity I, first launched on June 13, 2015 is a 50 meter-long (164-foot) search-and-rescue ship with a capability to carry 300 people on board. It has a crew of 18 people, including medical staff.

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The Mediterranean Sea is not only the shortest route for migrants to reach the continent, but also one of the deadliest, testified to by the thousands who have drowned while attempting to make the crossing.

Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their crisis-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa, trying to escape violence and poverty. The majority of them cross the Mediterranean Sea and arrive in the European Union using southern EU nations as transit points.

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