The Latest: Woman gives birth after airlift from rescue ship

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In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, a pregnant woman undergoes ultrasound aboard a humanitarian ship in the Mediterranean Sea. A humanitarian rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea has appealed to Italian and Maltese authorities for the medical evacuation of a pregnant woman and a safe place of disembarkation for the 83 other migrants on board. The Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking, run jointly by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, rescued 50 migrants from a rubber boat on Sunday, including the woman who is 9 months pregnant. (Hannah Wallace Bowman/MSF via AP)

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local):

8:40 p.m.

The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says a 23-year-old woman who was airlifted off a ship carrying migrants rescued off Libya has given birth to a baby boy.

The Nigerian woman and her husband were transferred to Malta by a military helicopter on Wednesday after the Ocean Viking rescue ship called for a medical evacuation.

Doctors Without Borders, which runs the ship together with SOS Mediterranee, said the woman gave birth on Thursday in Malta. It said both mother and child were doing well.

The ship has requested a safe place of disembarkation in Malta or Italy for the 82 other migrants on board. The ship’s operators say Malta rejected the request Thursday and Italy has not yet responded.

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6:30 p.m.

Spain’s far-right Vox party has proposed building a wall around two Spanish enclaves in north Africa to keep out migrants.

Vox general secretary Javier Ortega Smith argued Thursday that the walls are needed to stop what he called an “avalanche” of migrants breaching border fences to illegally enter Melilla and Ceuta, two Spanish cities on Morocco’s coast.

The party doesn’t think Spain should ask or expect Morocco to pay for the walls, unlike the wall on the southern U.S. border President Donald Trump insists Mexico should fund.

Spain’s Interior Ministry says 3,624 migrants entered Melilla and Ceuta by land without authorization between the start of this year and the end of August. That is 951 fewer than during the same period in 2018.

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5:40 p.m.

Authorities say two Afghan migrants were severely injured when police in North Macedonia intentionally crashed into a car allegedly smuggling the pair through the country.

Police said officers were trying to stop the car North Macedonia’s northern border with Serbia on Wednesday. They say the driver ran off and two injured men were found inside the damaged car.

Police on Wednesday also stopped a van near the Serbian border that had 15 people from Bangladesh inside. The passengers allegedly entered North Macedonia illegally from Greece. The van driver was arrested.

The number of migrants caught entering North Macedonia illegally has increased 20% so far this year. Despite border closures in the Balkans, some migrants hope to travel through Serbia toward Europe’s prosperous heartland.

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11:55 a.m.

Greek authorities say eight migrants have been injured, two of them seriously, in a car crash on a highway in northern Greece.

Police said Thursday that a vehicle being driven by a 28-year-old Greek man crashed into a stationary car carrying eight men from Pakistan and Bangladesh. All nine involved in the accident near the northern city of Komotini were injured, and two of the migrants were in serious condition.

No smuggler was found, authorities said.

Hundreds of migrants and refugees cross the land border between Greece and Turkey each month. Many are then transported by smugglers, crammed into cars and trucks, to northern Greek towns and cities.

Last month, six migrants were killed and another 10 were injured when the jeep they were in crashed into an irrigation ditch.

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