Rabat – Spanish maritime authorities announced Saturday, January 13 that they had rescued 150 migrants, who were attempting to reach the Eldorado through six precarious boats.
The first group of migrants were rescued off south Spain and north Morocco. Two groups of 54 and 55 were transferred to the Andalusian port of Malaga, according to Agence France-Presse.
Thirty-two migrants were landed in Almeria, 200 kilometer east of Malaga, said a spokesman for Maritime Security.
Thirteen other migrants were rescued off the Strait of Gibraltar by the Spanish coast-guard in coordination with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex. The migrants rescued off the Strait of Gibraltar region includes seven sub-Saharan Africans and several minors from North Africa. They were transferred to the port of Tarifa, located 14 kilometers away from the Moroccan coast for necessary care.
In 2017, 2,252 migrants forced their way into the Spanish enclave, while 2,000 of them were able to cross to Europe. In terms of nationality, 1,605 are sub-Saharan migrants, 512 are Algerians and 126 are from other nationalities.
According to the source, February and August saw the largest influxes into the city.
On February 17, 2017, 500 migrants had forced the fence separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. During this attempt, 11 Civil Guards and 25 migrants were injured. Three days later, another attempt was made. This time, 300 migrants were able to access the city.
At the beginning of August 2017, 260 migrants were able to do the same.