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Africa News of Wednesday, 22 March 2023


Ten die as fishing vessel sinks off Western Sahara

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At least 10 fishermen drowned on Tuesday when a Moroccan fishing trawler sank off the coast of the disputed Western Sahara.

Five sailors were rescued while two crew members were still missing, the authorities said, with a search under way.

The incident happened in the province of Aousserd, 220 km (136 miles) away from Dakhla city, the state-run Moroccan news agency, MAP, said.

It was not yet clear what caused the trawler to sink.

Western Sahara, which is disputed between Morocco and the Algeria-backed Polisario movement, has a long coastline and access to rich fishing waters.