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298 illegal immigrants rescued, 2 bodies found off

Morocco’s navy has rescued 298 Sub-Saharan illegal immigrants and found two dead bodies in the Mediterranean, the Moroccan army announced on Tuesday.

The Moroccan coast guards assisted on Monday and Tuesday the rescued on board five inflatable boats, the navy said.

One of the boats was found in trouble off the coast of the northern city of Nador since Saturday due to an engine failure, the navy said, adding that 55 people were in poor health condition and two dead bodies were found on the boat.

The navy’s coast guards provided the necessary health care for the rescued illegal immigrants before bringing them to the ports of Nador and Al Hoceima, it added.

Morocco has witnessed a significant hike in illegal immigration attempts in 2018.

According to the Interior Ministry, Morocco has foiled more than 76,000 illegal immigration attempts between January and November this year.

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