Sunday, February 4, 2007

Migrant Boat Awaits Africa Rescue

A vessel which broke down with about 200 illegal migrants on board is waiting off the west African coast as permission is sought for it to dock. The ship, thought to be carrying mostly Pakistani migrants, was reached by a Spanish vessel on Saturday. It is now about 12km (7.5 miles) off the coast of Mauritania after Senegal said it could not handle the ship. But a Mauritanian security source told AFP news agency the country would refuse to accept the vessel.

Senegal and Mauritania are launching points for tens of thousands of African migrants looking to reach Europe, many via the Canary Islands.

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