EU, Morocco to step up anti-smuggling ties after migrant deaths

The European Union and Morocco on Friday said they would step up cooperation to combat human smuggling after at least 23 migrants died trying to enter Spain’s enclave of Melilla.

They were among around 2,000 migrants, many from Sudan, who tried to break through the border fence last month, according to Moroccan authorities.

It was by far the worst recorded death toll in years of attempted migrant crossings into Spain’s Ceuta and Melilla enclaves, which have the EU’s only land borders with Africa.