Illegal immigrants reach Costa Blanca for first time

17th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 September 2007, MADRID - DPA - Five boats carrying refugees arrived in the Alicante area of Spain's south-eastern Costa Blanca coast, the first time for this area to be used by international people traffickers, Spanish radio reports said Sunday.

17 September 2007

MADRID - DPA - Five boats carrying refugees arrived in the Alicante area of Spain's south-eastern Costa Blanca coast, the first time for this area to be used by international people traffickers, Spanish radio reports said Sunday.

While police arrested six would-be immigrants from North Africa, including two minors, dozens others managed to flee, according to the reports.

Local authorities have criticized the fact that this strip of coastline, which is much-frequented by tourists, is barely patrolled.

A total of 300 illegal immigrants arrived in Spain over the weekend, with several boats being seized in the south of the country and in the Canary Islands. dpa jv fs mga

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Subject: Spanish news

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