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Morocco foiled 70,781 illegal immigration attempts toward Europe in 2022, the interior ministry said in a report published on Sunday.

As for the year 2023, some 25,519 illegal immigration attempts were foiled at the end of May, it added.

Over the past five years, some 366,000 immigration attempts were foiled, including some 90,000 migrants which were rescued by the Moroccan Navy during operations in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, according to the report.

Morocco has become an important crossing point for migrants, mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa to Europe.

Moroccan authorities bust 290 migrant trafficking networks in 2021, and 117 this year until the end of May.

The report added that 100 attempted assaults on Ceuta and Melilla, the two Spanish enclaves in Moroccan territory, were aborted over the last five years, involving some 17,500 assailants. 

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