Moroccan authorities announced Monday that the bodies of seven migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, including five women, were found on the shore near the southwestern city of Tarfaya.
The deceased are believed to have drowned at sea, said local authorities.
Security forces also foiled an attempt by 40 African migrants, including 12 women, to reach the Spanish Canary Islands from Tarfaya.
The Kingdom’s southern coasts are the starting point for illegal migration to these islands, which are only about 100 kilometers out in the Atlantic Ocean.
The migrants were all isolated pending tests for COVID-19, a source revealed, adding that a probe has been opened in the case.
The northern Mediterranean coasts remain the main launch route for migrant boats towards southern Spain, which is only a few kilometers away. It is mostly used by immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa and Morocco.
Rabat thwarted some 74,000 illegal immigration attempts to Europe in 2019.