US News Spain refers to Morocco 1,500 of the 6,000 migrants entered Ceuta

12:25  18 may  2021
12:25  18 may  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Spain has returned to Morocco 1 , 500 migrants out of the roughly 6 , 000 who entered the Spanish enclave of Ceuta , the Spanish interior minister said Tuesday. In an interview with public television TVE, Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said “around 6 , 000 people” had entered Ceuta ” on…

At least 5, 000 migrants have reached Spain 's Ceuta enclave from neighbouring Morocco , a record number of arrivals in a single day, local officials say. They say the migrants - who include hundreds of minors - either swam around the border fences that jut out into the sea or walked across at low tide. Most of them were sent back, except about 30 minors whose ages were confirmed by medical tests. The arrivals come at a tense time in Morocco 's relations with Spain . Morocco is angry that the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, has been receiving treatment in a Spanish hospital.

Des migrants escaladent une falaise rocheuse pour tenter de traverser la frontière entre le Maroc et l’enclave nord-africaine espagnole de Ceuta, ce mardi 18 mai. © Fadel Senna / AFP migrants climb a rocky cliff to try to cross the border between Morocco and the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta, This Tuesday, May 18th.

About 6,000 migrants entered the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Monday, May 17th. Spain announced this Tuesday the expulsion of 1,500 from them to Morocco.

The Spain announced having expelled this Tuesday, 18 May 1,500 of the 6,000 migrants entered the watch in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta , while 86 migrants penetrated the nearby enclave of Melilla.

"Some 6,000 people" entered Monday to Ceuta, on the north coast of the Morocco , and "at this time, we referred 1,500 of these people and we are continuing these referrals" , Affirmed Spanish Minister from the Interior, Fernando Grand Marlaska, Spanish Public Television.

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The Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and nearby Melilla on Morocco 's northern coast have long been a magnet for African migrants trying to reach Europe in search of a better life. But Monday's high number - which included about 1 , 500 minors, the spokesman said - was swiftly followed by an announcement by Spanish authorities that they would increase their security presence in the area. Spain will "keep a cool head," Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya told Cadena SER radio, adding that authorities had already started sending those who had just arrived back to Morocco .

Ceuta is a Spanish autonomous city on the north coast of Africa. Bordered by Morocco , it lies along the boundary between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of nine populated Spanish territories in Africa and, along with Melilla

It indicated that on this total of 6,000 people, there could be 1,500 minors, while stating that it was "too early" to provide a definitive figure.

References "In accordance with the law"

The Minister has defended these referrals, claiming that they were "in accordance with the law and international treaties and agreements with Morocco" .

about 400 kilometers east of Ceuta, Melilla, the other Spanish enclave on the Moroccan coast, 86 migrants managed to enter this Tuesday morning in Spanish territory, from neighboring Morocco.

In total, "More than 300" people from "Sub-Saharan Africa" ​​ tried to cross the barrier separating Melilla from Morocco this Tuesday, around 4:45 am, the Melilla Prefecture in a statement.

More than 200 people were repulsed, but "85 men and a woman managed to enter" , according to the statement. The woman in question required the assistance of the Red Cross, specified the prefecture.

"Migrants have maintained an aggressive attitude and have thrown stones against the agents" , three of whom had to receive care for "minor bruises" , added the prefecture.

Migrants who managed to enter were led to the temporary residence center (CETi) of the enclave.

Ceuta and Melilla constitute the only land borders of the European Union with Africa and are regularly the scene of attempts at migrant strength passages.

Funeral for two dead migrants attempting to enter Ceuta .
© Jorge Guerrero / AFP The El-Tarajal cemetery in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta (image of illustration). in Ceuta, three people have died since the beginning of the migration crisis, a week ago. A young man, who drowned Monday, May 17, trying to join the Spanish enclave at swimming, was buried Saturday, May 22. The other two were buried Sunday, May 23rd.

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