Morocco intercepts over 1,100 migrants near Spanish exclaves

The Moroccan army said it intercepted more than 1,100 migrants attempting to reach the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on New Year’s Eve.

Overnight Sunday to Monday (31 December to 1 January), more than 1,110 people were detained in the cities of Nador, M’diq and Fnideq during multiple operations carried out by the army and security forces, the general staff of the armed forces said in a statement.

The army said that the 175 migrants apprehended in Nador, close to the border with Melilla, were from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Yemen.

It did not provide nationalities for the other detained migrants.

Ceuta and Melilla, two Spanish territories on the northern Moroccan coast, are the European Union’s only land borders on the African continent and are frequently the target of migrants hoping to reach mainland Europe.

Are we ever going to move past arbitrary borders and immigration laws? People deserve better than detention, rejection and being forced to live in fear.