On Friday, a man was discovered unconscious inside a bag of ash in the port of Melilla, a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco.
A migrant was found alive on Friday in a bag containing toxic waste at the port of Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the northern coast of Morocco, the Spanish Civil Guard said on Monday.
This person was “inside an airtight plastic bag which contained fly ash from an incinerator, which is toxic material listed on the European list of toxic” waste, she said. in a press release.
The officer who discovered this migrant first saw “a person’s limp leg” and thought he was dead. Finally, the man was “extracted (from the bag) of ashes” and “regained consciousness”, continued the Civil Guard.
Hidden in containers
A total of 41 migrants trying to board boats to enter Spain “irregularly” were found on Friday aboard trucks and other vehicles in the port. Some were hidden in containers full of bottles and other glass objects for recycling, “with many shards”.
In 2020, 41,861 migrants entered Spain illegally both by sea and by land, a figure up 29% from 2019. More than half of them arrived in makeshift boats in the Canaries. Melilla, she saw the arrival of around 1,500 migrants in 2020.
Melilla, like the other Spanish enclave of Ceuta, has the European Union’s only land borders with Africa. These two enclaves are seen as prime entry points for those who want to enter Europe illegally, either by climbing the border fence or swimming along the coast.
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