RABAT Dec 7 Four African migrants drowned and
34 were rescued after their boat sank in the Mediterranean on
Wednesday, Moroccan authorities said.
The Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain was a major
route around 10 years ago for migrants from Africa trying to
reach Europe, but numbers fell after the two kingdoms tightened
Moroccan authorities said the group was on an inflatable
boat off the northern city of Al-Hoceima, a statement carried by
state news agency MAP said.
It was unclear if the boat was heading to Spain or to one of
the Spanish enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla, on the Moroccan coast.
Morocco said an investigation was still underway.
Hundreds of African migrants try regularly to enter the two
enclaves either by swimming along the coast or climbing the
triple walls that separate them from Morocco.
In 2015, 3,845 migrants entered Spain via sea crossings,
according to the International Organization for Migration, a
tiny fraction of the 956,000 that reached the rest of Europe the
(Reporting By Aziz El Yaakoubi Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)