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Mediterranean rescue of stricken migrant ship

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By Euronews
Mediterranean rescue of stricken migrant ship

<p>A major rescue operation was launched in the Mediterranean on Tuesday (November 25) after a freighter ship, thought to be carrying some 700 migrants, reported engine failure.</p> <p>Four merchant ships, a Greek navy frigate and an air force rescue helicopter were sent to the area to evacuate the vessel if necessary. The ship is currently being towed to nearby Crete.</p> <p>Greece is a popular entry point into Europe for thousands of undocumented migrants from Asia and Africa. </p> <p>In September Athens warned that it was slipping into a “danger zone” without adequate funds or resources to handle the growing number of refugees from war-torn nations such as Syria and Iraq.</p>