Tuesday 13 November 2018

At least 17 migrants die in bid to reach Spain from North Africa

The toll comes from two different incidents.

A life vest lies on the rocks near the village of Canos de Meca in southern Spain (Javier Fergo/AP)
A life vest lies on the rocks near the village of Canos de Meca in southern Spain (Javier Fergo/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

At least 17 people have died trying to reach Spain in boats departing from North Africa.

Spain’s maritime service said on Tuesday that it rescued 80 people, including five women, from two boats and recovered the bodies of 13 dead migrants in the Alboran Sea, part of the western Mediterranean migrant route into Europe.

They were all transferred to the Spanish enclave of Melilla, which borders Morocco.

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Members of Spanish Civil Guard look for bodies of drowned migrants (Javier Fergo/AP)

In a separate incident, the Spanish Civil Guard said it found four bodies of migrants and 22 survivors, all men from northern Africa, after the wooden dinghy in which they were travelling hit a reef close to the coast west of the Strait of Gibraltar.

The UN has said over 2,160 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe this year.

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