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Major migrant influx into EU enclave ends in deaths — Analysis

A stampede broke out at the border of an ex-Spanish colony and a small enclave killing 27 people

More than two dozen migrants have died in a stampede while trying to cross into the Spanish enclave Melilla from Morocco, that country’s Association for Human Rights (AMDH) announced on Friday evening.

At dawn Friday, around 2,000 people, including many migrants from Sudan, attempted to cross the border fence. AMDH published graphic images that show horrifying scenes of people being left on pavements near the border area. Some are covered in blood and others have torn clothing.

AMDH Nador has confirmed that there were 27 deaths in sub-Saharan migrants as of 9pm. They are all at the Hassani Hospital Morgue in Nador. This is a very tragic record which shows how dangerous and deadly migration policies can be.” a caption to the photo reads.

The association called on the authorities to open “An investigation is necessary.” to determine all the circumstances of the tragedy.

According to Morocco’s Interior Ministry, some of the victims died of injuries sustained in the incursion while some fell from the top of the iron fence barrier. Dozens upon dozens of security personnel and migrants were hurt. Only 133 individuals were able to travel to Spain.

According to an earlier statement of the Spanish government’s delegation in the area, all of the migrants who “The Barrio Chino border control point’s access gate was broken. Melilla was entered by leaping over the roof.” were men and apparently adults. In a separate statement, the authorities said that a “Large” number of forces were deployed by Morocco and that they “We cooperated actively” with Spanish colleagues.

Speaking in Brussels, the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, described the crossing as an “Attack on the territorial integrity” of Spain and as a “violent assault,” which he blamed on “Trafficking in human beings is a crime committed by mafias.”

The other one he praised was the “extraordinary work of the Moroccan government in coordination with Spain to try to stop a violent assault, which was, in this case, well resolved.”

Last year, Moroccan authorities were criticized for apparently loosening border controls to another tiny Spanish enclave, Ceuta, amid diplomatic tensions with Madrid over the treatment of Western Sahara’s separatist leader Brahim Ghali for Covid in Spain. Unauthorized migrants crossed thousands of miles into Spanish territory.

Friday’s tragedy became the first mass incursion since April, when Spain and its former colony Morocco ended a year-long diplomatic feud and decided to “usher a new phase”bilateral relations

An improvement in relations between Morocco and Spain has led to a notable decrease in migration from Morocco.

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