Thirteen illegal Algerian migrants’ bodies found
The men were part of the Algerian group who had attempted to reach Spain in a homemade boat.11 April 2008
MADRID - Algerian coast guard patrols have recovered the bodies of 13 young men and are continuing to search for three others who have been missing since they attempted to reach Spain in a homemade boat last week.
The deaths of the men, all of whom were aged between 17 and 25, constitute the worst immigration tragedy in Algerian waters on record. They had set off from a beach near Oran on 3 April bound for southwest Spain aboard a makeshift vessel, but capsized sometime before the weekend. The first eight bodies were recovered on Sunday.
All the occupants of the boat are thought to have been friends and relatives from the town of Tiaret, around 220 kilometres south of Oran.
Meanwhile in the Canary Islands, authorities reported Thursday that a group of 62 African migrants, including 15 minors, had reached the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the early hours of the morning.
All the immigrants, who Red Cross officials were said to be in a good state of health, have been taken to a shelter on the south of the island.
[El Pais / I. Cembrero / Expatica]