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Ceuta and Melilla: Spain needs rid of anti-migrant razor cord

Ceuta and Melilla: Spain needs rid of anti-migrant razor cord
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A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain's north African enclave of Melilla Image copyright Reuters Image caption A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants try to pass into the Spanish territory of Melilla

Spain’s new inner minister has vowed to do “the whole lot possible” to remove the “anti-migrant” razor wire fences, which separate Morocco from the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla.

The tiny enclaves on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast became magnets for African migrants in search of a greater lifestyles in Europe.

Injuries are commonplace while “jumpers” try to scale the six-metre (20 ft) fences.

They are often topped with barbed twine or even coils of razor blades.

Fernando Grande-Marlaska, a pass judgement on who was Spain’s inside minister earlier this month, has commissioned a document into discovering the “least bloody possible means” of conserving border security.

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Blood-stained apparel pictured striking from the razor cord fence across the Spanish enclave of Melilla

Other strategies deployed through migrants to go into Ceuta and Melilla come with swimming alongside the coast, or hiding in vehicles.

However, such a lot migrants are intercepted and again to Morocco, and those who do make it over the fences are sooner or later repatriated or released.

The barbed wire fences: A bloody history

The arguable razor twine fences had been first offered in 2005, but removed two years later as a result of the injuries sustained when other people attempted to climb them.

Image copyright AFP/Getty Pictures Symbol caption a tender Moroccan walks by a safety fence within the port city of Ceuta

Spain’s new socialist leader, Pedro Sánchez, committed to taking away the barbed barrier all through Spanish normal elections in 2015 and 2016.

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He made made global headlines earlier this week via offering secure harbour to an NGO rescue send, the Aquarius, which was once stranded with 629 migrants on board. Mr Sánchez said the port of Valencia would accept it “to assist keep away from a humanitarian catastrophe”.

The send was once on the centre of a diplomatic row while Italy refused to allow it dock, announcing Malta must take the incomers – at the same time as Malta argued it used to be Italy’s duty.

it has been an eventful first week for Spain’s new executive, which was only sworn in on 7 June.

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On Wednesday evening, the new Tradition and Game Minister Màxim Huerta resigned over a tax row.

Spanish outlet El Pais reviews that he “withheld taxes within the early 2000s and was once lately compelled to pay €365,000 (£319,000; $425,000) in again taxes, overdue fees and fines”.

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