AFP: Algeria stops almost 300 would-be migrants at sea19 November 2017 | 16:33 | FOCUS News Agency
From Thursday to Saturday, the coastguard "intercepted and rescued a total of 286 Algerian citizens" attempting the perilous crossing on flimsy vessels, it said in a statement.
Media reports said 200 of the Algerians were stopped at sea off the western coastal city of Oran.
A 2009 law provides for up to six months in jail for those who attempt to leave the Algerian territory illegally.
People smugglers can face up to 20 years in jail, according to the law.
But the law has done little to deter would-be migrants.
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