Bodies wash up on beach


The bodies of 21 people thought to be migrants trying to reach Spain washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean, the UN migration agency said in statement.

The latest deaths bring the total of Mediterranean migrant deaths this year to 1,586, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said.

The bodies of nine sub-Saharan Africans were found on September 4 on a beach near Marsa Ben M’Hidi, in Algeria’s Tlemcen province, about 200 km from the Spanish coast.

The next day, four more bodies were recovered on neighbouring Saidia beach, across the border in Morocco.

On September 10, the bodies of six migrants including two women and a child washed ashore at Driouch, near Nador, Morocco, IOM said.

The body of a woman was found on Las Salinas beach, in Roquetas de Mar, Almería on September 11, and the body of a young Sub-Saharan African man was retrieved by fishermen near La Almadraba, in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, on September 13.