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The Spanish Public Ministry has announced that it has called for the opening of an investigation to shed light on what happeneda few hours after the UN demanded an independent investigation into this tragedy, the deadliest ever recorded on the borders between Morocco and the two Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, the only borders of the European Union (EU) on the African continent.

At least 23 migrants died and 140 police officers were injured, according to Moroccan authorities, when some 2,000 migrants tried to cross the high chain-link fence separating Melilla from the Moroccan border town of Nador.

The Spanish public prosecutor’s office justified its decision by the seriousness of the events that have occurred, which could affect the fundamental rights of individuals.

A fence separates Spain from Morocco in Melilla.

Photo: Getty Images/AFP/FADEL SENNA

For its part, the UN has called on the two countries to guarantee the holding an effective and independent investigation and denounced excessive use of force against migrants.

This is unacceptable and this drama should be investigatedadded the spokesman during his daily press briefing, specifying that the excessive use of force was seen by the UN on both sides of the border.

We were shocked by the images of violence on the border between Morocco and Spain, in North Africa, this weekend, which resulted in the death of dozens of human beings, asylum seekers, migrants. »

A quote from Stéphane Dujarric, UN spokesperson

People who migrate have rights, these must be respected and we see them too often floutedinsisted Stéphane Dujarric.

In Rabat, about fifty migrants demonstrated on Tuesday in front of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) against the treatment inhuman inflicted by Moroccan security forces on Friday and to claim refugee status, AFP noted.

Migrants take part in a demonstration against racism in the Moroccan capital Rabat, on June 28, 2022.

Photo: Getty Images

In Nador, we were beaten in an inhuman waytold AFP Omar, a Sudanese migrant who fled war and prison in his country. We don’t feel safe here, our lives are in dangerhe added.

June 24 is a black day. There were scuffles and then the police beat many of our brotherstestified Ahmed, an Eritrean, denouncing a butcher’s shop.

We want to know what happened so we can explain it to the relatives of the deceased. »

A quote from Ahmed, an Eritrean protester

Where are the rights of refugees in Morocco? could we read on the placards of the protesters.

The European Union, its member countries and Morocco are responsible for this disasterestimated the Platform of Sub-Saharan Associations and Communities in Morocco (ASCOMS) in a petition published on Tuesday.

The majority of new migrants flooding into Morocco come from Sudan, particularly Darfur, where a new outbreak of violence recently left hundreds dead and 50,000 displaced.

Many pass through Libya and Algeria – despite an officially closed border with Morocco – to arrive in the Cherifian kingdom.

In the midst of a crisis with Algeria, Morocco has pointed to the responsibility of its neighbor in the tragedy of Melilla, criticizing its deliberate laxity in controlling its borders with the kingdom, according to Spanish media citing a statement from the Moroccan embassy in Spain.

A press release referred to as flight forward by the Algerian diplomat in charge of the Western Sahara issue, Amar Belani, who accused Rabat of seeking scapegoats to offload their responsibilitieson the Algerian information site (TSA).

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