Morocco abandons migrants - agency

2010-10-01 08:25

Paris - Doctors Without Borders says Morocco has expelled hundreds of illegal immigrants, including women and children, to a no-man's-land without food or water after violent raids in several cities in the North African kingdom.

The humanitarian group claims 600 to 700 people were arrested during raids from August 19 to September 10 and abandoned near the Morocco-Algeria border. It claims police sometimes destroyed immigrants' shelters with bulldozers.

Doctors Without Borders says it cared for 186 immigrants, including 103 who had lesions or injuries connected to the violent arrests.

An official said Morocco's government spokesperson was not available to comment on the report.

Morocco is often used by migrants as a stepping stone from Africa to Europe.