Another 36 were transferred to a Maltese patrol boat from the rescue ship Ocean Viking, which picked them up on Friday.
All children and women on board the vessels were taken to Malta’s general hospital, but their conditions are believed to be stable, the Armed Forces of Malta said.
They bring the total number of migrants taken in by Malta this week to 459.
But Medecins Sans Frontieres, which operates Ocean Viking, said in a tweet that 182 survivors from other rescues – including a newborn, children and a pregnant woman – remained stranded on board.
This, it said, “demonstrates the discriminatory, arbitrary and inhumane nature of a system which continues to prioritise political gameplay above human lives and dignity”.
Malta argued that those people were picked up outside its rescue zone.
The island took more than 300 migrants from the Ocean Viking in August on condition that they would be shared among other EU countries, but most are still on the island, stretching its limited reception facilities.
The plight of the Ocean Viking has exposed Europe’s failure to come up with a coherent policy to deal with migration from Africa through Libya.
EU states have been at loggerheads over how to handle refugees and migrants reaching its shores since a 2015 spike in Mediterranean arrivals of people fleeing conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.
On Monday, Malta will host an EU home affairs ministers meeting that will discuss migration and how EU states might share arrivals.-
Albanian Defence Minister Olta Xhacka wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday that the Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian migrants were “rescued in three different operations within a few hours in the waters between Turkey and Greece”.
She added the migrants were found late on Friday evening by the Oriku ship, part of Frontex, the European Union’s border control force, in two speedboats and a small boat. They were handed over to the Turkish Coast guard.
Albania, a NATO member since 2009, is part of the Western military alliance’s maritime mission in the Aegean Sea.
DPA, Reuters, AP