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Morocco navy picks up 242 migrants in Mediterranean

  • Published at 05:18 pm July 27th, 2019
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File photo: Surviving migrants are brought aboard Irish and Italian Navy life-boats in the area where their wooden boat capsized and sank off the coast of Libya August 5, 2015 Reuters

So far this year, more than 15,000 such migrants have made it to Spain, 12,000 by the sea route, the International Organization for Migration estimates

The Moroccan navy has picked up 242 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa who were trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Spain in flimsy boats, the official MAP press agency reported late Friday.

It said the migrants, including 50 women and 12 children, were rescued from several inflatable boats which had got into difficulty.

"The migrants, some of whom were unwell, were taken safely to port," the news agency said.

So far this year, more than 15,000 such migrants have made it to Spain, 12,000 by the sea route, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates.

More than 200 have died in the attempt.

Aiming to halt the migrant influx, the European Union last year gave Morocco 140 million euros to support efforts to curb human traffickers.

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