The list of migrants, who are mostly from sub-Saharan nations, included 49 women and several children.
Rabat – Members of the Moroccan Royal Navy rescued 329 irregular migrants from October 10-13 in the Mediterranean.
The migrants were mostly from sub-Saharan nations. They were aboard small boats, a military source quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) has said.
The list of migrants included 49 women and several children. Authorities provided first aid to the migrants, who were brought back safe and sound to several ports across Morocco in Tangier, Al Hcoeima, Nador, and Ksar Sghir, northern Morocco.
Morocco, due to its proximity to Europe, has been facing the pressure of irregular migration.
As part of Morocco’s strategy to combat irregular migration, national police arrested four suspects for alleged links to criminal networks active in undocumented migration.
A statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said that the three suspects were subject to a search warrant for their alleged involvement in the organization of undomecumted migration.
During the operation, police seized knives, two cars, a dose of cocaine, mobile phones, as well as a significant sum of money in cash.
Police put the suspects in custody for further investigation to determine the circumstances of the case.
While some of the risky irregular migration operations manage to cross the sea, others fail resulting in serious casualties.
Last month, security services found the bodies of 18 migrants on the beach of Ain Harrouda, near Casablanca. The migrants had attempted to cross to Europe on inflatable boats.
Former spokesperson of the Moroccan government Mustapha El Khalfi said in August that security services aborted 57,000 irregular migration attempts in 2019.