Portuguese authorities have intercepted 23 migrants after their boat ran aground off the southern Algarve coast. The 18 men and five women were crammed into a five-meter long vessel, drifting, they say, for several days without food. Neighboring Spain has traditionally been seen as the preferred destination for migrants from the African continent seeking a better life in Europe.
"It seemed strange that they ran for the dunes as soon as they got out of the boat," said one eyewitness. "As thought they were trying to escape, they were afraid or they were just relieved to see dry land after days out at sea."
This is the first time illegal would-be immigrants from North Africa have been intercepted on Portuguese territory. The group will be handed over to the immigration authorities.
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