About 40 migrants feared dead after boat capsizes off Western Sahara

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 file photo, smugglers lift onto a vehicle a fishing boat intended to be used to transport migrants to the Canary Islands, in a remote desert out of the town of Dakhla in Morocco-administered Western Sahara. Some 42 migrants, including 30 women and eight children, are believed to have died when their boat capsized in rough seas shortly after setting sail from the coastal town of Dakhla, in Western Sahara, a Spanish migrants rights activist said. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)
File Photo – In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 file photo, smugglers lift onto a vehicle a fishing boat intended to be used to transport migrants to the Canary Islands, in a remote desert out of the town of Dakhla in Morocco-administered Western Sahara. Some 42 migrants, including 30 women and eight children, are believed to have died when their boat capsized in rough seas shortly after setting sail from the coastal town of Dakhla, in Western Sahara, a Spanish migrants rights activist said. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy, File)
Some 42 migrants, including 30 women and eight children, are believed to have died when their boat capsized in rough seas shortly after setting sail from the coastal town of Dakhla, in Western Sahara, Reuters reported, citing a Spanish non-governmental organization.
At least 10 people survived and were picked up by fishermen, said the report.
The accident happened when the migrant boat set out in bad weather on Tuesday but details had only emerged on Friday.
From January 1 to July 31, at least 7,531 people reached Spain’s Canary Islands from Western Africa, according to Spanish government figures, a 136% rise compared with the same period in 2020.
With input from Agencies……

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