Spain wants to remove razor wire in Ceuta and Melilla

Interior Minister opposed to anti-migrant fence

15 June, 13:59

    ROME - The new Spanish government led by Pedro Sanchez will do "everything possible" to remove the barbed wire that sits on top of the border fence around the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco, Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said Friday. The former judge said he has ordered an investigation into the use of barbed and razor wire on the six-metre-high border fence with the aim of identifying "less bloody systems". "It's one of my main priorities," he is quoted by media outlets as saying. "We can act before, at the point of origin, but we cannot let it get to that point," Grande-Marlaska said. "It is not reasonable or acceptable to see people jumping over the fence." The Spanish Red Cross says 25 migrants have been treated for barbed wire cuts already this year, with 10 needing hospital treatment.
    A 30-year-old Senegalese man reportedly died after a barbed wire fence in Ceuta pierced an artery in his neck.
    The razor wire fence was installed in 2013 by the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy.
    The decision was judged "inhumane" by the opposition, humanitarian organisations and Spanish bishops.

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