Fourteen die as Morocco boat sinks

At least 14 people have drowned after a rubber dinghy carrying would-be immigrants to Europe sank off Africa's northern coast.

    The dinghy sank 20km east of the Moroccan city of Tangiers

    Aljazeera's correspondent in Rabat said 14 bodies washed up on a Mediterranean beach in Seydi Oangosh area, east of the Moroccan city of Tangiers. Ninety-one people, however, swam to safety.

    The boat sank about 20km east of Tangiers late on Sunday or early Monday, Interior Ministry officials said. The victims were from sub-Saharan Africa.

    According to testimony from those rescued, the would-be immigrants had crammed on board in hopes of crossing the Mediterranean and slipping illegally into Spain, the officials said.

    Rescuers were still searching for bodies.

    Every year, thousands of migrants make the dangerous trip across the Mediterranean, seeking a better life in Europe.

    At the closest point, Europe and North Africa are separated by only a 12km stretch of water between Spain and Morocco.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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