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Spain finds 17 dead migrants in Mediterranean

 International Desk

 Published: 03:40 PM, 6 November 2018   Updated: 03:40 PM, 6 November 2018



At least 17 people have died to try to reach Spain in boats departing from North Africa, said Spain's maritime rescue service.

The service says Tuesday that it rescued 80 people Monday, including five women, from two boats and recovered the bodies of 13 dead migrants in the Alboran Sea, part of the western Mediterranean migrant route into Europe. They were all transferred to the Spanish enclave of Melilla, which borders Morocco. 

In a separate incident, the Spanish Civil Guard says it found four bodies of migrants and 22 survivors, all men from northern Africa, after the wooden dinghy in which they were traveling hit a reef close to the coast west of the Strait of Gibraltar.

The UN says over 2,160 people have died to try to cross the Mediterranean to Europe this year.