Ten of the would-be migrants are from sub-Saharan countries, while three are from Morocco.
Rabat – Police in Tan-Tan, southern Morocco, aborted an attempt to organize an irregular migration operation on Thursday, January 2.
Security services arrested 13 would-be migrants, ten of whom are from sub-Saharan countries, a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) has said.
The three other migrants are from Morocco.
Police seized equipment used in irregular migration operations including two engines, rescue equipment, and rubber boats.
The statement added that the police will carry out an investigation into the case to clarify the circumstances of the irregular migration attempt.
The investigation will also help the police to identify and arrest the organizers of the irregular migration operation and suspects involved in the network.
The arrest is part of Morocco’s efforts to fight against undocumented migration networks.
An annual report from the DGSN said in December 2019 that police arrested 990 individuals suspected of being linked to 509 criminal theft networks on public highways.
They also arrested 505 organizers of undocumented migration who were involved in 62 criminal networks that traffick people.
Operations against irregular migration resulted in the arrest of 27,317 would-be migrants, including 20,141 of foreign nationality. Moroccans represented 26% of those arrested while trying to migrate without documents.