Spain to strengthen walls of Ceuta and Melilla against migrants

The walls surrounding Ceuta and Melilla have been called 'Europe's wall of shame' by many critics.

Spain to strengthen walls of Ceuta and Melilla against migrants

World Bulletin / News Desk

Spain has announced plans to strengthen its borders around its African territories of Ceuta and Melilla after recent waves of migrants have been increasingly breaching the borders from Morocco.

The Spanish government said it will spend more than €2.3m to deploy more reinforcements and and place a special type of mesh on the 6-meter high fences, as well as setting up three watch towers and making use of heat-sensitive cameras.

Both Moroccan and Spanish border guards have been complicit in firing rubber bullets and tear gas to geter African migrants from climbing the fences, resulting in injuries on a large scale.

15 migrants died drowning while trying to swim to the Spanish territories last month when Spanish guards shot rubber bullets at them. However, the Spanish authorities insist they fired at the water and not at the migrants.

The walls surrounding Ceuta and Melilla have been called 'Europe's wall of shame' by many critics. 

Last Mod: 07 Mart 2014, 12:00
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