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Morocco says over 550 migrants intercepted in 10 days

By AFP
April 21, 2023

RABAT: Morocco´s navy has intercepted 552 migrants attempting to reach Europe over 10 days in both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, a military source told state media on Thursday.

Morocco in northwest Africa is a transit country for many migrants trying to get to Europe -- Spain´s mainland or its Canary Islands in the Atlantic. According to the United Nations, the first quarter of 2023 was the deadliest since 2017 for Europe-bound migrants in the Mediterranean.

“Coastguards of the kingdom´s navy operating in the Mediterranean and Atlantic rescued 552 illegal migrants of varying nationalities between April 8 and 18,” mostly from sub-Saharan African countries, the military source told official news agency MAP. The source said among them were people attempting the crossing aboard makeshift boats, in canoes, on jet skis and “even swimming”.