Morocco intercepts 310 irregular immigrants off coasts

Would-be immigrants stand on a coastguard vessel as they arrive at Tarifa's harbour on August 11, 2014, after being rescued off the Spanish Coast. Spain's coastguard today rescued more than 260 sub-Saharan African migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar on small boats. Many migrants from sub-Saharan Africa attempt to cross into Spain from Morocco, either by sea through the Strait of Gibraltar or overland, via the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in the extreme north of Morocco. AFP PHOTO / MARCOS MORENO (Photo credit should read MARCOS MORENO/AFP/Getty Images)
Would-be migrants stand on a coastguard vessel as they arrive at Tarifa’s harbour on August 11, 2014, after being intercepted during an attempted crossing to Europe from Morocco. (MARCOS MORENO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Moroccan navy intercepted 310 irregular migrants from October 16 to 18 off the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, the Moroccan news agency MAP reported Monday.

Most of the migrants are Sub-Saharans, including 23 women and nine minors, it added.

They were experiencing difficulties in makeshift boats, kayaks and jet skis, MAP said.

Many of them were in deteriorating health conditions and had been given necessary first aid, before being brought safe and sound to the various ports of the North African county and handed over to the Moroccan Gendarmerie for the usual procedures, it added.

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