Spanish authorities announced on Monday that 13 African migrants were killed and 80 rescued while trying to reach Spain on two boats launched from the coast of North Africa.
Increasing numbers of migrants are trying to enter Spain by sea or transit to Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco, the last two "European" pockets in Africa.
"The Coast Guard regained two boats on their way to the peninsula with 93 people on board, of whom 13 unfortunately died," the Spanish government delegation in Melilla said in a statement."He said.
He added that 9 of the dead, all men were recovered from the sea, and failed efforts of the Red Cross to recover the bodies of four others.
He said the boats were found 20 miles (32 miles) off the coast of Melilla, without giving details of their condition.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 47,000 migrants have arrived in Spain since the beginning of the year. Another 564 migrants have died or disappeared during transit with overcrowded or unfit vessels.