EU and Spanish officials in Rabat after Melilla tragedy

European and Spanish officials met the Moroccan Minister of the Interior on Friday in Rabat after the tragedy in Melilla which claimed the lives of at least 23 African migrants who tried to enter the occupied presidency at the end of June.

European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska were received at the end of the morning by Minister Abdelouafi Laftit, according to official sources.

This whirlwind visit comes following the attempt to forcibly cross some 2,000 irregular migrants, mostly Sudanese, on June 24 to Melilla from Moroccan territory.

The attempt killed 23 migrants, according to the authorities, as well as dozens of injured (140 in the ranks of Moroccan police).


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