Morocco arrests 2 sub-Saharan Africans over illegal migration

Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco has arrested two sub-Saharan Africans over their suspected involvement in organising illegal migration in the northeastern town of Nador, said a statement of the ministry of interior on Thursday.

The two suspects were arrested on Tuesday following the foiling of an illegal migration operation of 58 people from sub-Saharan countries off Nador coast to Spain, added the statement without details on their nationalities.

It also said that the authorities of Nador, which borders the Spanish enclave of Melilla on the rim of North Africa, have arrested and brought to justice since last January over 230 people, both from Morocco and sub-Saharan African countries, suspected involvement in organising illegal migration operations.

Due to the proximity of its coasts from Spain, Morocco has known for years the influx of thousands of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa especially to use fortune boats across the Straits of Gibraltar, which is 14 km away, to reach the northern bank of the Mediterranean.

Morocco says it is stepping up its efforts to fight illegal immigration this summer after hundreds of immigrants poured into Spanish territory.
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07 september 2018 06:57:18

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