12 people rescued and brought to Motril will seek asylum in Spain

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THE legal representative of 12 of the 30 people rescued on Wednesday (July 15) off the coast of Alboran Island and taken by the rescue craft Salvamar Hamal to Motril Port has announced they are to pursue actions to seek asylum in Spain because they come from countries at war.
The lawyer, whose clients come from countries including Somalia, Niger, Uganda, Chad or Sudan, explained to Spanish press agency Europa Press that a number of them had expressed their fear over going back to their home countries, and would request that the Spanish government give them shelter for humanitarian reasons.
It was on July 15 that the Guardia Civil patrol boat Rio Miño spotted a dinghy off the coasts of Alboran with 30 people on board, 26 men and four women, all of them originally from Sub-Saharan African countries.
Upon their arrival at Motril Port at around midnight, they received medical treatment from the Cruz Roja Emergency Team, although all of them were found to be in good health.

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