Thirteen migrants found dead after sinking off Morocco

The dramas know no respite in the Mediterranean. The bodies of 13 Moroccan migrants, including a woman, were recovered Friday by the Moroccan authorities, after the sinking of their boat off Mirleft, in the south of the country, according to local media. Twenty-four other migrants, including a minor, were rescued, the Hespress news site said on Friday evening citing anonymous sources in Mirleft, a coastal town in the south of the kingdom.

The death toll of 13 given by Hespress could still increase because eight other people are missing. A total of 45 people were on board the makeshift boat heading for Las Palmas in Spain’s Canary Islands. They had paid sums ranging from 20,000 to 25,000 dirhams (between 1,800 and 2,200 euros), details this Arabic-speaking site.

According to Hespress, the boat collided with a rock and “capsized, about 10 minutes after” leaving the coast. Located at the northwestern tip of Africa, Morocco is a transit country for many migrants, particularly sub-Saharans, who seek to reach Europe from its Atlantic or Mediterranean coasts.

According to a report by the Spanish NGO Caminando Fronteras, more than 11,200 migrants have died or disappeared since 2018 while trying to reach Spain, an average of six per day.

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