Morocco intercepts 368 irregular migrants in Mediterranean

Dozens of migrants from different nationalities, mainly Somalia, Egypt and Morocco, including 14 minors and 4 women, wait to be assisted by a team of aid workers of the Spanish NGO Open Arms, after spending more than 20 hours at sea when fleeing Libya on board a precarious wooden boat, in international waters, in the Central Mediterranean sea, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

Morocco’s navy coast guards intercepted 368 irregular immigrants in the Mediterranean in past four days, the Moroccan army said on Friday in a statement.

The majority of the group are from Sub-Saharan African countries, including seven women and three children, it said, adding that they were traveling on 22 inflatable boats and 30 kayaks.

Those in poor health condition had received first aid from the navy units before being transferred to the nearest Moroccan ports and handed over to security authorities.

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

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