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Malta: MOAS escorts 97 African immigrants to Coast Guard01:00

Malta: MOAS escorts 97 African immigrants to Coast Guard

Malta, Mediterranean Sea
October 19, 2014 at 08:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) completed its third and final mission of the year this week, handing over 97 African immigrants caught in the Mediterranean Sea adrift on their way to Europe to Italian authorities of the 'Mare Nostrum' (Our Seas) project. Mare Nostrum is an EU-funded project of cross-border protection of the Mediterranean coastline, deriving from the Roman name for the Mediterranean Sea.

The migrants purportedly originating from countries such as Gambia, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Niger, Mali, Sierra Leone and Benin were some of 2,300 immigrants handed over to Mare Nostrum vessels since the start of the operation on August 26.

MOAS is a registered foundation and was founded in 2014. The director of MOAS, Martin Xuereb, trained in the British Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst is the former commander of the Armed Forces of Malta and served as Malta's Deputy Military Representative to the European Union.

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The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) completed its third and final mission of the year this week, handing over 97 African immigrants caught in the Mediterranean Sea adrift on their way to Europe to Italian authorities of the 'Mare Nostrum' (Our Seas) project. Mare Nostrum is an EU-funded project of cross-border protection of the Mediterranean coastline, deriving from the Roman name for the Mediterranean Sea.

The migrants purportedly originating from countries such as Gambia, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Niger, Mali, Sierra Leone and Benin were some of 2,300 immigrants handed over to Mare Nostrum vessels since the start of the operation on August 26.

MOAS is a registered foundation and was founded in 2014. The director of MOAS, Martin Xuereb, trained in the British Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst is the former commander of the Armed Forces of Malta and served as Malta's Deputy Military Representative to the European Union.