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A two-year-old Malian girl rescued on board a migrant boat off the Canary Islands died in hospital on Sunday.

The child was one of the 52 African passengers who were rescued on Tuesday on board a boat near the island of Gran Canaria and were brought to the port of Arguineguin by the Spanish sea rescue service.

The rescuers handed over the unconscious child to the Red Cross nurses who had done everything to keep them alive on the quay. This is evident from images broadcast on Spanish television.

She was then taken to a hospital in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital of Gran Canaria, where she died on Sunday, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health said Regional government.

Local media reported that the child, who was accompanied by his mother and older sister, suffered cardiac arrest during the crossing.

The Canary Islands are an important entry point for migrants trying to get to Europe to get. In 2020, a total of 23,023 migrants landed on the archipelago, eight times more than in 2019.

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Ref: https://today.rtl.lu