Spain: immigration emergency, patrols reinforced at Melilla

19 March, 13:16

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, MARCH 19 - The Spanish government is reinforcing surveillance along the border of Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, to face strong migratory pressure after a new assault yesterday on the double barrier at the frontier.

    About 500 Sub-Saharan migrants managed to enter the autonomous city.

    About 100 agents in anti-riot gear and 20 civil guards will be sent in the next hours to intensify watch on the border, Spanish interior ministry sources cited by the media said.

    Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz told journalists today he was willing to "negotiate everything within reason" with the the opposition to reach an "agreement on immigration with wide consensus" at the margins of a parliament session for monitoring the government. Fernandez Diaz did not rule out reaching a deal for the dismantlement of the rounds of razor-like barbed wired along the border barriers of Ceuta and Melilla, and hoped that a delegation from the parliamentary commission for the interior would carry out an inspection in the two cities to "draw their own conclusions". (ANSAmed).

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