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Moroccan court jails 14 migrants for 8 months over crossing

Aug. 04, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan court imposed 8-month prison sentences Thursday on 14 migrants for attempting, along with hundreds of others, to scale a border fence separating the north African country from the autonomous Spanish enclave of Melilla in June. Nador’s Court of...

Bodies of 8 migrants wash ashore in southern Morocco

Jul. 26, 2022 04:30 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities say the bodies of eight migrants have washed ashore in southern Morocco after their dinghy capsized. The bodies were found early Monday in the coastal town of Akhfennir, on Morocco's Atlantic coast facing the Spanish Canary Islands,...

Morocco watchdog: 27 migrants killed in June border storming

Jul. 20, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Moroccan Association for Human Rights released a report Wednesday putting the death toll from last month’s attempt by hundreds of migrants to storm the border between the North African kingdom and the Spanish enclave of Melilla higher than the official government...

Mali's government asking UN mission spokesman to leave

Jul. 20, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Mali’s government has given the United Nations mission in Mali spokesman 72 hours to leave the country following a standoff between the West African country and Ivory Coast over the detention of 49 soldiers who came to Mali to support a security group contracted by the...

Moroccan court sentences 33 migrants to jail over crossing

Jul. 19, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Nearly three dozen migrants were sentenced in Morocco on Tuesday for attempting to scale a border wall last month separating the north African country from the Spanish enclave of Melilla. The court in Nador sentenced 33 people to 11 months in prison, in a...

Moroccan soldiers, firefighters battle fires in the north

Jul. 15, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Firefighters and the military struggled on Friday to contain three wildfires in northern Morocco that has killed at least one person as hundreds of residents evacuated their homes because of flames that ravaged large swaths of pine forests. Efforts to...

Woman, child found dead in migrant boat off Spain

Jul. 15, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The bodies of a woman and a child were found in a rubber dinghy packed with migrants that was intercepted by authorities near Spain's Canary Islands, a Maritime Rescue services spokesman said Friday. Spain's state news agency Efe cited local officials on the Canary...

Moroccan report: Stampede at fault for migrant border deaths

Jul. 13, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s state-affiliated human rights council released a report Wednesday depicting last month’s attempt by hundreds of migrants to storm the border between the North African kingdom and the Spanish enclave of Melilla as “unprecedented in nature, tactics used and...

EU, Morocco renew migration deal after Spanish border deaths

Jul. 08, 2022 13:29 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The European Commission vowed Friday to step up its work with Morocco to fight human smugglers who are using “new, extremely violent methods" — a move that comes two weeks after 23 people died at the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. ...

Morocco accused of blocking UN visit to Western Sahara

Jul. 05, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The pro-independence Polisario Front accused Morocco of obstructing a visit by the U.N. envoy for the disputed Western Sahara region and called on the United Nations to reveal the reasons why. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric had said Friday that the...