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    Sunday, 18 November 2018

    22 migrants missing off Morocco after boat capsizes

    Twenty - two migrants have gone missing in the waters off Morocco ’ s Atlantic coast after their boat capsized , state news agency MAP reported Sunday .

    Three people, all with Moroccan nationality , managed to swim to shore and alert the authorities after the vessel hit trouble off the southern province of Tiznit, the outlet said .

    It did not give the nationalities of the others on board the boat and said an investigation had been opened into the incident .

    Local media said the migrants had been aiming to reach the Canary Islands about 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of the Moroccan coast .

    The Spanish territory was a key destination during the mid- 2000 s for migrants seeking to reach the European Union from North Africa .

    The number of people making the journey in the Atlantic Ocean has since dropped , with more now trying to cross to Spain via the Mediterranean Sea to the north .

    Moroccan authorities say that between January and the end of September they stopped some 68 , 000 illegal attempts to cross into Europe and took down 122 people smuggling gangs ..

    The International Organization for Migration says that some 50 , 500 migrants have arrived in Spain by sea this year, and that 566 have died or gone missing trying .

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