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The EU is asking for clarification on the deaths in Melilla and expects Morocco and Spain to investigate the jump to the fence

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The European Union asked this Tuesday to “shed some light” and establish the facts about the jump to the Melilla fence, which killed at least 23 people, although it believes that Spain and Morocco will follow the Demands by the United Nations Committee to launch investigations to protect migrant workers and their families.

“It is vitally important to shed light on this incident. It is in everyone’s interest that such events do not happen again in the future,” EU foreign affairs spokesperson Nabila Massrali told Europa Press. “The violence and loss of life at Europe’s external borders are unacceptable. It is important to establish the facts of these deplorable incidents,” he added.

Community diplomacy understands that the border crossing in Melilla, which ended in serious incidents and dozens of dead migrants, is being investigated by the Moroccan prosecutor and the Spanish ombudsman, Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares said Tuesday.

Likewise, in Brussels, they point to a mission of the National Human Rights Council of Morocco and stress that they maintain close contacts with the United Nations, whose migration committee has called on Spain and Morocco to “immediately” open a “comprehensive, independent and transparent procedure”. Detection.

In their statement, UN experts called on the Moroccan government to keep the bodies of the deceased, to identify them and, if necessary, to offer the necessary assistance for their repatriation, and to ask EU states about ways for an “orderly” migration to take steps to ensure respect for the right to asylum.

For the United Nations group, it is important to clarify the matter and “to determine whether the victims died falling from the fence, in a stampede, or as a result of actions by border guards”.

This Tuesday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, called on the governments of Spain and Morocco to carry out an “effective” and “independent” investigation into the incident.

For its part, the EU this Monday confined itself to saying that it is in contact with the Moroccan authorities to understand “the detailed circumstances” of what happened, although it avoided calling for an independent investigation into the Melilla fence incident.

Source europapress.es

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