The borders separating Morocco from Melilla will remain closed until September 30, announced a statement from the Spanish Interior Ministry on Tuesday August 31, when the reopening was initially scheduled.
After announcing a first closure until August 31, the Spanish government has decided to extend this date to September 30, 2021 at midnight, ” without prejudice to its possible modification to respond to changed circumstances or new recommendations within the European Union ”.
This follows the application of a temporary restriction on non-essential travel from third countries including Morocco to the European Union and countries associated with Schengen for reasons of public order and public health due to the health crisis caused. by the coronavirus.
The land borders of Spain and Morocco at Melilla and Sebta have been closed since March 13, 2020 and have only been reopened on specific occasions to carry out repatriations of Moroccans.
The borders of the two enclaves have been closed since March 13, 2020. They have been reopened exceptionally to allow the repatriation of Moroccans stranded in Sebta and Melilla.
A complicated situation which throughout the year has given rise to demonstrations and rallies across the border to demand a reopening which does not seem planned for the moment.
On Monday, a Spanish Civil Guard prevented three Moroccan migrants from entering Melilla, a spokesperson for the government delegation told Europa Press. The facts unfolded Monday morning.
The aforementioned source pointed out that at this time “Civil Guard units have been activated, renouncing their intention to enter the fence” six meters high.