Morocco’s navy on Saturday (24 November
’18) found the bodies of 15 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa on board a boat
stranded at sea for days and rescued 53 survivors, a military source said.
Coast Guards recovered “15 lifeless corpses”
from the vessel in the Mediterranean Sea after it was left drifting for four
days following engine failure on its way to Spain, the source said.
The 53 other survivors on board, including
eight women, were taken to the port of Nador.
Increasing numbers of Moroccans and
sub-Saharan migrants are seeking to enter Spain, either by sea or by smuggling
themselves into the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, which are in Morocco
and are the only European territories in Africa.
The International Organization for Migration
says that some 51,000 migrants have arrived in Spain by sea this year, and that
over 630 have died or gone missing trying.
On Friday the Moroccan navy said it rescued
289 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan African off Nador.
Moroccan authorities say that between January
and the end of September they stopped some 68,000 illegal attempts to cross
into Europe and took down 122 people smuggling gangs.