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Brussels regrets the deaths at the Melilla border and denounces the “violent assault” on the fence

Brussels regrets the deaths at the Melilla border and denounces the "violent assault" on the fence

June 26 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The EU Commissioner for the Interior, Ylva Johansson, has expressed her concern about the assault on the Melilla fence last Friday, which has resulted in 23 deaths, according to official figures, and has defended the need to respond to this type of offensives in front of an international border.

“The events on the Melilla border are deeply worrying. Firstly and most importantly, because of the loss of human lives. Secondly, because of the violent assault, by force, on an international border that cannot be consented to,” he said. Johansson noted on Twitter.

For the Commissioner for the Interior, “this tragedy highlights the reasons why we need safe, realistic and long-term routes that minimize desperate trips destined for failure”.

At least 27 people, according to NGOs, 23 according to sources from the authorities cited by the Moroccan official press, died due to the intervention of the Moroccan security forces during the attempt of more than 2,000 sub-Saharans to cross the Melilla fence last Friday.


More than a hundred people were injured, including dozens of police officers, although only 18 migrants and one police officer were hospitalized on Sunday, admitted to the Hassani Hospital and the Oujda University Hospital.

After the clashes, Moroccan security forces handcuffed and piled immobilized migrants on the ground in the streets of Chinatown in the city of Nador, images that have gone around the world.

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