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Morocco dismantles illegal immigration network

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Migrants, who are part of a group intercepted aboard a makeshift boat off the coast in the Mediterranean sea, stand on a rescue boat upon arriving at a port in Malaga, southern Spain, May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

RABAT (NNN-MAP) – The Moroccan police have said that they have busted a network, operating in organising illegal immigration.

During a police raid in the city of Sale, near the capital Rabat, two people, aged 35 and 39, were arrested, for their alleged involvement in organising illegal immigration operations, the police said in a statement.

The police also arrested eight others, suspected of illegal immigration, the statement added, noting that, three cars were also seized.

Morocco has seen a significant hike in illegal immigration attempts, last year.

According to the Moroccan Interior Ministry, authorities have foiled over 76,000 illegal immigration attempts, between Jan and Nov, 2018.

During the same period, the country also dismantled 174 illegal immigration networks, up from some 70 in 2017.

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