37 Die Trying To Cross Border From Morocco To Spain

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Death toll of migrants who died trying to cross from Morocco into the Spanish enclave of Melilla rose to 37 on Saturday. Around 2,000 migrants, many from Sudan, tried to cross the militarized border fence. Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government of Spain, said in a statement in true general Franco spirit, “He has praised the State Security Forces”.

MADRID June 25: The death toll of migrants who died trying to cross from Morocco into the Spanish enclave of Melilla rose to 37 on Saturday, according to the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH). The first figures of the death toll were given to 18 refugees.

Melilla is one of two autonomous cities of Spain, located in north Africa. It lies on the eastern side of the Cape Three Forks, bordering Morocco and facing the Mediterranean Sea. It has an area of 12.3 km2. It was part of the Province of Málaga until 14 March 1995, when the Statute of Autonomy of Melilla was passed.

Melilla is one of the special member state territories of the European Union. Movements to and from the rest of the EU and Melilla are subject to specific rules, provided for inter alia in the Accession Agreement of Spain to the Schengen Convention.

Around 2,000 migrants, many from Sudan, tried to cross the militarized border fence on Friday.

“The victims of the tragedy in Melilla agonized for hours under the cruel gaze of those who were supposed to help them and did not do so,” tweeted founder of Walking Borders Helena Maleno Garzon, who also confirmed the report of 37 dead.

Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government of Spain, said in a statement in true general Franco spirit, “He praised the State Security Forces and Bodies and Morocco for their work in repelling such a violent attack”.

Several NGOs are calling for an immediate investigation into the treatment of migrants during the incident.

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