Spain rescues 600 migrants in sea from Morocco in 24 hrs

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 17 Aug 2017, 21:22:59

Spain rescues 600 migrants in sea from Morocco in 24 hrs

More charges for US trucker in human smuggling case
MADRID, Aug 17 (Agencies): Spain's maritime rescue service says it has rescued some 600 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco in the past 24 hours, making it one of its busiest days so far this year.

The service said it rescued five migrants early Thursday in the Strait of Gibraltar.

On Wednesday, its vessels rescued 593 migrants - 424 in the Strait and 169 further east in the Mediterranean.

More than 9,000 migrants have reached Spain by sea so far this year, more than double the number from the same period last year.

Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa attempt the perilous sea crossing to Europe in smugglers' boats each year, with many drowning along the way.

Meanwhile, a US grand jury Wednesday handed down five charges, including one that carries the death penalty, against the driver allegedly behind a horror truck journey that saw 10 migrants suffocate to death.

James Bradley, 60, already faced one charge of transporting undocumented immigrants, after his truck was found last month near the US-Mexico border in Texas with migrants stuffed inside.

A federal grand jury added three more counts of conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants and one count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

The various charges carry maximum sentences ranging from 10 years in jail to life imprisonment or death.

Of the 39 migrants who were discovered in the overheated trailer, 10 died including one juvenile, two remained hospitalized and 22 were being held as material witnesses, authorities said.
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