Moroccan authorities aborted an attempted irregular migration of 200 people on Friday morning near Sebta. The Spanish Civil Guard was mobilized in large numbers at land and sea level despite the intervention of the Moroccan Gendarmerie.
This is the first major attempt at illegal immigration since the July 2022 crisis when around 2,000 sub-Saharan migrants tried to enter the city of Melilla.
Around 6 a.m. on Friday morning, more than 200 sub-Saharan migrants tried to approach the Sebta border barrier, but their attempt was stopped by the Moroccan gendarmerie who prevented them from reaching the double barrier, the agency said. of Spanish press, Efe.
The group of migrants tried to enter through an intermediate zone of the 8.2 kilometer land border perimeter. According to the Spanish agency, none of the migrants managed to scale the 10-meter high barrier.
She cites that the Moroccan gendarmerie has set up an important device in the area which has succeeded in preventing this attempt at illegal immigration.
The Spanish Civil Guard nevertheless deployed its units on the other side of the fence, and temporarily closed the Tarajal border before opening it around 8:15 a.m. to allow the entry of people and vehicles.
The Spanish Civil Guard has also mobilized its operational maritime units at the two border breakwaters.
According to the latest data from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior for the first 3 months of 2023, 199 people arrived irregularly in Sebta by land, 3.9% less than between January and the end of March 2022 and 16 others arrived. reached by sea, representing half of that of the previous year at the same period.