August 16, 2022

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18 Die in Attempt to Cross Spain-Morocco Border at Melilla

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18 Die in Attempt to Cross Spain-Morocco Border at Melilla

Local police report that at least 18 people died on Friday night as a sizable crowd tried to enter the Spanish colony of Melilla in northern Morocco.

More than 2,000 people, according to the Spanish administration, approached Melilla, and 500 of them were able to cross the border after a fence was cut.

Spain declined to comment on the death toll and forwarded all inquiries to Morocco.

The incursion resulted in the deaths of 13 people, in addition to the five people who had already been declared dead, Moroccan officials reported late on Friday.

According to Morocco’s interior minister, the fatalities happened as someone attempted to scale an iron barrier.

A Moroccan official claimed that some of them fell from the top of the barrier dividing the two sides and that 76 migrants and 140 security employees were hurt in the effort.

Images published by Spanish media showed worn-out people in Melilla, some of whom had bloody hands and ripped clothing.

Pedro Sanchez, the prime minister of Spain, congratulated border patrol agents on both sides of the fence for handling the “well-organized violent assault,” which he attributed to “people trafficking mafias.”

Melilla and Ceuta, Spain’s other little North African outpost, are the only land borders of the European Union in Africa, making them prime targets for those trying to enter Europe from Africa.

Earlier on Thursday, rights groups said several people were taken to hospital after “clashes” with local security forces on the Moroccan side of the border.

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