13 SMALL BOATS crammed with Algerian refugees were intercepted off the Murcia coast yesterday(September 21) by Guardia Civil and Maritime Rescue vessels.

The dangerous journey from North Africa was made by 170 migrants, five of whom were children.

They were all taken to Cartagena before being handed over to the Policia Nacional who then allowed them to get treatment from Cruz Roja staff.

PCR tests for COVID-19 were arranged by Murcia’s Health Ministry.

The boats were spotted by authorities off Cabo de Palos, Monte de las Cenizas, and Cabo Tiñoso.

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