An immigrant was found alive in a bag containing toxic waste in the port of Melilla, a Spanish enclave located in north coast of Morocco, announced today the Spanish gendarmerie, Guardia Civil.
This man was “inside a plastic bag that was tightly closed and contained pulverized fuel ash from an incineration furnace, which is considered a toxic material which has been entered in the European Toxic Waste Catalog“, He said in a statement.
The officer who discovered the immigrant first saw “immobile foot of a manAnd thought he was dead.
Finally, the immigrant “detached from the sack with the ashes” and “he regained consciousness“, According to the Guardia Civil.
In total, 41 migrants trying to board boats to enter Spain illegally, they were found on Friday on trucks and other vehicles in the port.
Some were hidden in containers full of bottles and other glass objects intended for recycling, along with “many broken glasses”.
In 2020, 41,861 migrants arrived in Spain illegally by sea or by land, a number increased by 29% compared to 2019.
More than half of these migrants arrived by canoe (23,023 people).
This Spanish archipelago off the African coast has seen eight times the number of arrivals of illegal immigrants last year.
About 1,500 migrants arrived in 2020 in Melilla.
Melilla, like the other Spanish enclave, Ceuta, is the European Union’s only land border with Africa.
These two pockets are considered the entry points preferred by those who want to reach Europe illegally, either by climbing the border fence or by swimming along the coast.
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