Algiers does not rule out that more than a hundred people died in the attack on June 24
MADRID, July 3 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Algerian government has criticized the “cold-blooded murder” of immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa on June 24 during an attack on the Melilla fence that left at least 23 people dead, according to official sources, although NGOs believe the Moroccan gendarmerie’s response that the final figure could be much higher.
Specifically, the Algerian government’s special envoy for Western Sahara and the Maghreb countries, Amar Belani, deplores the “cold-blooded murder of a hundred immigrants, according to a former senior Moroccan official” by “the majesty’s security forces,” a term used will, to refer to Moroccan King Mohamed VI and his entourage, have real power over the government.
“Moroccan officials display chilling autism by piteously continuing to defend an allegedly humanistic migration management and pointing to Algeria despite public knowledge that the vast majority of these migrants have taken RAM flights,” Moroccan airline Belani said in statements to Das Algerian news portal TSA.
Morocco has claimed that the migrants entered the country via the Algerian border due to “willful negligence” at the border and has even claimed that the migrants were led by “experienced militiamen in conflict zones”.
For the Algerian diplomat, Morocco’s image is “definitely tarnished” and its “hands are stained with the blood of African immigrants.”
“This blatant distraction was defused by dozens of violent reactions around the world and in Morocco, which exposed the heinous, planned and systematic violation of the fundamental rights of these migrants, who faced horrific collective punishment that will be remembered by all Africans, the continent and the diaspora,” added Belani.
This “wild lynching” of migrants in “disregard for the most fundamental provisions of international humanitarian law will remain a red-hot pang in the conscience of those who enjoy playing the role of police and those who support them on the other side” of the Mediterranean, alluded to on the support of the Spanish government.
At least 27 people died as a result of the intervention of Moroccan security forces when more than 2,000 people from sub-Saharan Africa tried to cross the Melilla fence on June 24, according to authorities quoted by the official Moroccan press.
After the clashes, Moroccan security forces handcuffed and piled immobilized migrants on the streets of Chinatown in the city of Nador, images that went viral.