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Spain says 13 migrants killed, 80 rescued at sea

AFP  |  Madrid 

Thirteen sub-Saharan African migrants died and another 80 were rescued at sea after they tried to reach in two boats from the North African coast, Spanish authorities has said.

Increasing numbers of migrants are trying to enter by sea or by crossing into the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco, which are the only European territories in

"The recovered two vessels heading toward the peninsula, with 93 people, 13 of whom have unfortunately died," the delegation in Melilla said in a statement on Monday.

It said nine of the dead -- all men -- were recovered at sea and efforts to revive four others also failed.

The two vessels were recovered 32 km off the coast of Melilla, it said, without giving details on the state of the vessels.

According to the (IOM), 47,000 migrants have arrived by sea in since the start of the year and another 564 have died or disappeared during the journey, often made onboard overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 04:38 IST
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