(MOROCCO) #MigrantCrisis Report: The Spanish military has intercepted illegals as thousands of people – including children – swum into the enclave of Ceuta on the north African coast after taking advantage of relaxed border controls #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.19: By Tuesday morning, around 6,000 people had crossed the border by sea into the Spanish city since the first arrivals began early on Monday. Of those, 1,500 are thought to be teenagers:

CEUTA: Military intercept migrants as 6,000 including children swim from Morocco to Spanish enclave as Spain’s government has deployed troops to the region – with patrols of the north African enclave starting “immediately”.

Footage showed the armed forces arriving on beaches and detaining some of those trying to cross.

Thousands of migrants swam into Ceuta. Pic: Reduan Ben Zakouor/El Faro de Ceuta via Reuters
Thousands of migrants swam into Ceuta. Pic: Reduan Ben Zakouor/El Faro de Ceuta via Reuters

Spain returns 1,500 of 6,000 migrants to Morocco after Ceuta entry

18 May ,2021: 01:33 PM GST

Spain returned to Morocco 1,500 of some 6,000 migrants who entered its Ceuta enclave as hundreds more tried to reach its other north African enclave Tuesday, prompting the premier to cancel a Paris trip. 

The massive influx, which was a record number for a single day, had steadily made their way into Ceuta throughout the day on Monday, prompting a crisis in the tiny territory which is home to some 84,000 people.

By Tuesday lunchtime some 2,700 migrants had been returned.

Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has said that every person who entered Ceuta illegally will be expelled.

“We are going to restore order to the city and its borders,” he said.

He added that the sudden increase in migrants is a serious crisis for Spain and Europe, and that he will be travelling to the region soon.

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Spain had previously announced that troops would be deployed to the region, with border patrols starting “immediately”.

Around 200 extra police officers have been sent to Ceuta, with 1,200 constables already in the region.

Soaked migrants, either swimming or paddling in inflatable boats, were still arriving on Tuesday although in smaller numbers due to the heightened police and military response on the Spanish side of the border.

A spokesperson for the Spanish authorities said one person died during the migration.

Adults were being transferred to a football stadium before being returned to Morocco, while minors were being sent to an industrial building.

Ceuta, with a population of 80,000, is located across the Mediterranean from Gibraltar, and shares a land border with Morocco.

Thousands of migrants swim to Spain enclave
Spanish civil guards met the migrants. Pic: Reduan Ben Zakouor/El Faro de Ceuta via Reuters
Spanish civil guards met the migrants. Pic: Reduan Ben Zakouor/El Faro de Ceuta via Reuters

Film showed the crowds traversing the waters on Monday, with many people shown running or giving thumbs up as they entered the Spanish territory.

Ceuta and Melilla – which is 150 miles further east – commonly attract African migrants looking to get to Europe.

Spanish television has reported that about 85 people had scaled the border fence to get into Melilla.

Foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya told national radio that people who crossed the border illegally are already being returned to Morocco.

She added that Spain will “keep a cool head”.

Tensions between Spain and Morocco are on the rise following the hospitalisation of Brahim Ghali.

Mr Ghali is the leader of the Algerian-backed Polisario Front, which contests Morocco’s claim on the Western Sahara region.

Morocco has been angered by Spain admitting the 71-year-old to the country – with the north African state saying this was done under a false name and without informing them.

Reuters also reports that Mr Ghali is being treated in a Spanish hospital.

Foreign minister Gonzalez Laya added that she believed the migrant influx was not in retaliation for Mr Ghali’s treatment.

Brahim Ghali is reportedly in hospital in Spain
Brahim Ghali is reportedly in hospital in Spain

She said: “I cannot speak for Morocco but what they have told us a few hours ago, this afternoon, is that this is not due to the disagreement (over Ghali).

“Spain has been very clear and detailed about the case. It’s simply a humanitarian issue.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: May.19: 2021:

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(SPAIN) JUST IN: #MigrantCrisis Groups of 20 to 30 people departed all day Sunday to reach the Spanish enclave. Three people were hospitalized for hypothermia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.03: More than seven kilometers separated them from their destination. Around 100 migrants swam from northern Morocco on Sunday to reach the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the North African coast, the Spanish Civil Guard reported on Monday (April 26th)

Spain: 100 more illegal Muslim migrants swim to Ceuta, three hospitalized for hypothermia: From Morocco, a hundred migrants reach Ceuta by swimming,” translated from “Partis du Maroc, une centaine de migrants atteignent Ceuta à la nage,” FranceInfo, April 26, 2021:

They left the Moroccan beaches near Fnideq (also called Castillejos), south of Ceuta, “some arrived as far as the beach [of Ceuta] by their own means,” detailed a spokesperson for the Civil Guard, while the majority had to be rescued and get on “our boats” to reach the Spanish enclave. “It’s not usual, there may be groups of three, four or five, but as many, no.”

Minors among migrants

No death or injury has been recorded on the Spanish side among this “hundred” migrants, including minors, who went swimming “all day long” in “groups of 20 or 30,” along the coast in the distance. On the other hand, three people were hospitalized for hypothermia. Five other people swam into Ceuta on Monday, the civil guard said.

Migrants from Morocco regularly try to reach Ceuta by sea; it is separated from Morocco by a huge security barrier. Ceuta and Melilla, the other Spanish enclave located on the Moroccan coast, constitute the only land borders of the European Union with Africa, and are regularly the scene of attempts at forcible entry by migrants.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.03: 2021:

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#AceWorldNews May 17 Spanish authorities say around 700…

#AceWorldNews – May 17 – Spanish authorities say around 700 African migrants charged its barbed wire fences in the country’s North African enclave of Melilla, which is located in Morocco. Melilla and Ceuta – also in Morocco – are often targeted by African immigrants who are desperate to cross into Europe.

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“Human Rights Watch Calls on `Spain & Morocco’ to `End Abuse’ of Immigrants”

#AceWorldNews says `Human Rights Watch Calls on Spain, Morocco to End Abuse of Sub-Saharan immigrants ‘

English: Human Rights Watch logo Русский: Лого...

English: Human Rights Watch logo Русский: Логотип Хьюман Райтс Вотч (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Human Rights Watch on Monday called on Morocco and Spain to end the abusive treatment of sub-Saharan immigrants. The call came after nine migrants drowned trying to reach the Spanish territory of Ceuta, AFP reported.

The security forces “commonly beat, otherwise abuse and sometimes steal” from sub-Saharan migrants, HRW said. Rabat launched an operation in January to regularize the migrants’ situation. The rights group also criticized Spanish security forces for using “excessive force when they summarily expel migrants” from their north African territories of Ceuta and Melilla.

 

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#Morocco : ” Seven Dead and One Thousand Rescued in Attempts to Swim to Europe by Migrant’s trying to reach Ceuta”

#AceWorldNews says seven people have drowned as part of a collective of 200 migrants trying to swim from Morocco’s mainland to Ceuta, a Spanish enclave attached to Morocco’s northern coast, according to the Spanish daily, El Pais.

Potential migrants make frequent attempts to cross the border separating the two, often risking their lives to access the territory which lies just 15 km over the sea from Spain.

Meanwhile, over 1,000 people were rescued from rafts near the Italian island of Lampedusa by Italy’s navy. The country is another major migrant point of entry into Europe and over 200 died in October last year alone, only a kilometre from the coast.

Sea crossings tripled last year, thought to be prompted by regional instability, including civil war in Syria.

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