25 Jun 2022

Calls for investigation into deaths at crossing into Spanish enclave Melilla

Human rights groups in Morocco and Spain have called for an investigation after up to 27 people died when a crowd tried to scale the border fence to get into the Spanish enclave of Melilla.

Around 130 people surged through the fence after cutting it with shears and some fell from the barrier separating the two territories.

Spain’s prime minister condemned what he called the “violent assault” – blaming “mafias who traffic in human beings”.