Three boats carrying 166 immigrants stopped

17th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 June 2005, MALAGA — Police patrols intercepted three boats carrying 166 would-be immigrants from Morocco to southern Spain.

17 June 2005

MALAGA — Police patrols intercepted three boats carrying 166 would-be immigrants from Morocco to southern Spain.

The first, carrying 70 people, among them five women and nine children, was stopped at Motril, near Granada.

Guardia Civil patrols took the boat to the port for the passengers to get medical attention before being taken to an internment camp.

Another small boat, in Spanish known as a "patera", was stopped with 34 people on board near Valle Niza, near Malaga.

Three hours later, the third boat was intercepted with 62 people on board at Isla de Alboran, in Almeria, by a naval patrol.

All the immigrants were in reasonable health, Red Cross sources said.

Spain recently signed an agreement with Morocco to work together to police the Straits of Gibraltar and the sea between Canary Islands.

Hundreds of would-be immigrants make the perilous journey across both waterways every month.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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