Morocco says it’s cutting illegal migrant crossings to Spain

Khalid Zerouali, director of Migration and Border Surveillance in Morocco’s Interior Ministry, said the North African kingdom, now migrants’ main gateway to Europe, is using new tactics to cut into the surge of migrants, aborting about 25,000 attempts to reach Spain so far this year. (AP)
Updated 17 May 2019

Morocco says it’s cutting illegal migrant crossings to Spain

  • Zerouali attributed the decrease in crossings to new surveillance technology and reinforced manpower
  • The number of migrants arriving in Spain last year was about 60,000

RABAT, Morocco: Morocco’s border security chief says the North African kingdom is using new tactics to cut into the surge of migrants seeking to reach Europe, stopping about 25,000 attempts to reach Spain so far this year.
Khalid Zerouali says this amounts to about 30 percent more failed bids to cross to Spain, mainly via the Strait of Gibraltar, compared with the same period last year.
Speaking to The Associated Press on Thursday, Zerouali attributed the decrease in crossings to new surveillance technology and reinforced manpower, as well as action against human traffickers.
The number of migrants arriving in Spain last year was about 60,000, eclipsing the figures for Italy and Greece. Almost all arrived by sea.
Despite EU aid and cooperation, Zerouali mainly credited his own country with making a dent in migrant crossings.


Two killed, 35 wounded in Baghdad protests: Police, medics

Updated 21 min 53 sec ago

Two killed, 35 wounded in Baghdad protests: Police, medics

  • One protester died immediately after a tear gas canister hit his head and another died in hospital from wounds from a stun bomb fired by security forces
  • More than 300 people have been killed since Oct. 1, as security forces have fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at crowds of protesters
BAGHDAD: Security forces killed two protesters and wounded 35 others in Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said, as thousands of Iraqis continued a wave of anti-government protests.

One protester died immediately after a tear gas canister hit his head and another died in hospital from wounds from a stun bomb fired by security forces, police and hospital sources said.

More than 300 people have been killed since Oct. 1, as security forces have fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at crowds of protesters.