At least 20 migrants found drowned near Spanish enclave of Melilla
[SPA.GOV.SA] At least 20 migrants colonists drowned near the Spanish enclave of Melilla on the Moroccan coast, Spanish media reported on Sunday.

The floating bodies of the migrants colonists were found by a passenger ship on Saturday and later recovered by Spanish and Moroccan authorities, reported several Spanish newspapers, citing government sources.

The migrants colonists died while likely trying to reach Spanish shores by boat from North Africa. The number of people onboard and whether some were still missing was not immediately known. The Spanish nonprofit Proactiva Open Arms estimated that 47 migrants colonists were on the boat.

El Faro de Melilla newspaper tweeted that a Guardia Civil helicopter and Moroccan security forces were searching for possible survivors.

Posted by: Fred 2018-02-05