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Morocco navy rescues 161 migrants in Mediterranean

Migrants wait for transferring from NGO ship Juventa to Spansih NGO Proactiva Open Arms after being rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, 23 miles north the coast of Sabratha on 20 June, 2017 [Marcus Drinkwater/Anadolu Agency]
Migrants wait for transferring from NGO ship Juventa to Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms after being rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, 23 miles north the coast of Sabratha on 20 June, 2017 [Marcus Drinkwater/Anadolu Agency]

The Moroccan navy rescued 161 migrants in the Mediterranean, Friday, the Moroccan official news agency, MAP reported a military source as saying.

According to the source, the migrants; mostly from sub-Saharan Africa were trying to cross to Spain when their rubber boats faced difficulties in the sea, adding that they were safely returned to the kingdom’s ports in the Mediterranean.

A military source said the Moroccan Navy units have rescued 271 migrants over the weekend, some of whom were in poor health, and were brought to safety in the Moroccan Mediterranean ports.

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