Rabat- A few days after hundreds of African migrants stormed a border fence in an attempt to cross into the Spanish enclave of Melilla from northern Morocco, Spain is planning to tighten its security around Ceuta and Melilla.
This is bad news for the thousands of people searching for a better life who manage to cross into Spain each year; it has become hopeless to make it into either Melilla or Ceuta, due to Spain’s new plan to raise security on its borders.
According to Euro Weekly News, Spain is to spend more than €2.3m to fortify Ceuta and Melilla, the two major Morocco-Spanish crossing points for sub-Saharan Africans.
A Spanish official says that this measure is meant to deter the thousands of migrants who arrive at the borders of Spain´s two exclaves in North Africa.
Spain´s Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz, who spoke to Euro Weekly News, specified that reinforcements in the coming weeks will include “lining the six-meter-high fences that surround both cities with a type of mesh designed to impede anyone from climbing”.
He added that in Ceuta, “an additional 20 civil security agents are to be deployed and a helicopter to help with the dissuasion and detection of migrants..in Melilla, the government is planning to build three watch towers that will be equipped with heat-sensitive cameras.”
Edited by Jessica Rohan
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