Morocco: hundreds of migrants rescued by the royal navy

Some migrants in a boat in the north of the kingdom. Photo: MAP

Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – The Moroccan navy rescued 308 migrants, including 187 from sub-Saharan African countries and other Moroccans boarding 16 inflatable boats, the Moroccan press agency MAP reported on Friday.

The boats were intercepted in the night from Thursday to Friday while they were in trouble off the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean.

Rescue operations continued during the day of Friday and “all the migrants were brought back to various ports of the kingdom safe and sound”, according to the same source.

Omar Naji, president of the local office of the Moroccan association of human rights in Nador (north) has reported two deaths. “The lifeless bodies of two young Moroccan migrants, thrown out of the sea, were transferred Thursday to the city hospital”.

According to the International Organization for Migration, some 43,000 migrants have reached Spain since the beginning of the year, 38,000 of them by sea.

The Moroccan authorities, who evoke 54,000 failed attempts of passage since the beginning of the year, multiply since the summer muscled raids and forced displacements of thousands of sub-Saharan migrants.

© Bur-csa – N.W – African Daily Voice (ADV)