MORE DEATHS AT SEA
At least twenty-eight people have died off the coast of Alhuceimas while trying to reach Spain. According to survivors, the accident was due to a violent intervention by the Moroccan navy. On the night of 28 April, a Zodiac [an inflatable motorboat] with seventy-two people left the coast of Alhuceimas in the direction of Almería. On board were pregnant women, four babies, refugees and asylum-seekers, all from Sub-Saharan Africa. The Zodiac was intercepted by a Moroccan navy vessel. The authorities drew too close to the craft and shouted at them to turn around. During this struggle, according to the witnesses, the navy began to throw sharp objects and to use force. The women and children began to scream. Soon, a second vessel, also from Morocco, arrived and came very close to the Zodiac, attacking it and causing it to capsize, according to witnesses. The people began to drown one after another and the Moroccan authorities were only able to rescue or recover a few of them. Twenty-eight of them were dead. Many of those who were rescued were found to be (according to the Moroccans) in a good state, and were expelled to the Algerian desert the very next day after the shock of the accident. Others have been hospitalized. The four babies died in the water and are counted among the twenty-eight confirmed dead.