Moroccan navy rescues 244 migrants: media

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Migrants disembark from a dinghy at "Del Canuelo" beach after they crossed the Strait of Gibraltar sailing from the coast of Morocco, in Tarifa, southern Spain, July 27, 2018. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

The Moroccan navy rescued during the last 48 hours 244 Spain-bound migrants, official news agency MAP reported on Sunday.

The migrants, including women and minors, are mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, said the agency quoting a military statement.

They were traveling in several inflatable boats in the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates the African continent from Europe.

Some of the migrants were in a poor health condition and received the first aid from the navy units, before they were brought back to different Moroccan ports, it added.

Morocco has become a transit country for African migrants seeking to reach Europe for better living conditions.

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