• 64 MIGRANTS RESCUED AT SEA BETWEEN SPAIN AND MOROCCO

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    MADRID: Community of Madrid Spanish and Moroccan coastguards rescued 64 illegal migrants on Tuesday who were trying to reach the southern coast of Spain on inflatable boats, rescue services said. That brings to around 300 the number of migrants who have been plucked to safety from such craft since Friday as they tried to cross the Strait of Gibraltar separating Spain from Morocco. A spokesman for the Spanish Maritime Rescue told Agence France-Presse that a ship “rescued this morning 32 people in four boats in the Strait,” while “the Moroccan authorities reported 32 people gathered on four boats that were transferred to Morocco.” Spanish interior ministry officials say the rise in the number of migrants trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar is partly due to the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on Thursday.

    AFP

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