North Africa

1 dead as hundreds of migrants storm barrier between Spain and North Africa

 One African migrant died and three others were injured when around 300 stormed the border fence separating Spanish enclave Melilla from Morocco on Sunday, the local authorities said. About 200 migrants managed to scale the seven-metre high metal barrier and were taken to a reception centre in Melilla where officials started the process of identifying […]

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Egypt announces probe into torture claims

Egypt’s judiciary said Thursday it had launched an inquiry after Human Rights Watch accused security services of widespread torture of detainees in a probable “crime against humanity”. The New York-based rights group said in a September report that security services in the North African country used torture as a “systematic practice” against suspected opponents of […]

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Morocco says Algeria expelled 55 migrants

Morocco has accused Algeria of expelling 55 Syrian migrants across the countries’ shared border, criticising it for “inhumane behaviour” in the latest row between the North African rivals. The migrants were sent across the frontier near the desert town of Figuig, Morocco’s interior ministry said in a statement. They had reached the area in several […]

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More than 250 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean

More than 250 migrants are feared dead after their capsized boats sank off the coast of Libya. Five bodies were pulled out of the water earlier on Thursday, but aid workers from Spanish organisation Poractiva Open Arms believe at total of 240 people may have been crammed onto the two overturned vessels. Migrant numbers from […]

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