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South Africa calls for investigation into distressing number of deaths of African migrants attempting to cross Morocco – Spain border

Pretoria, June 30, 2022 (SPS)- The Republic of South Africa called today, for investigation into distressing number of deaths of African migrants attempting to cross the Morocco – Spain border, according to media statement issued by Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).

The media statement added that "South Africa expressed deep regret and concern at the death of at least 23 and the injury of several migrants who attempted to cross the border from Morocco into the Spanish city of Melilla".

"We align with the statements of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) that calls for an immediate independent, effective and transparent investigation into the matter. It is imperative that UN member states abide by internationally agreed norms and standards to protect human rights, human dignity and the protection of those fleeing war, persecution and discrimination", said the source.

DIRCO concluded in its statement that "Such violent incidents meted out to migrants are increasing globally. We see similar anti-migrant sentiment in South Africa, which at times, aside from challenging the very foundations of our constitutional democracy, could lead to mass violence against migrants irrespective of their status. Cognisant of these national, regional and global trends, DIRCO calls for commitments by all states, to treat migrants and their families with the human rights accorded to them under international law".

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Migrants killed by Moroccan police: Excessive use of force, UN says

New York (United Nations), 30 June 2022 (SPS) - Morocco and Spain resorted Friday to "excessive use of force" against sub-Saharan migrants who wanted to enter Melilla, killing at least 23 of them, the spokesman of the United Nations, Stephane Dujarric, in a condemnation, saying that he was "shocked."

Attempts to introduce huge quantities of illegal drug via Moroccan border

Algiers, 30 June 2022 (SPS) - Attempts to introduce huge quantities of cannabis resin amounting to more than 11 quintals via Morocco were foiled by combined detachments of the Algerian People’s National Army from 22 to 28 June, the Algerian Ministry of National Defense said Wednesday in an operation report.

Moroccan authorities commit serious violations against African migrants near the Spanish city of Melilla

Melilla (Spain) 25 June 2022 (SPS) - The Moroccan authorities committed grave violations against African citizens as documented by videos near the Moroccan northern borders with the Spanish city of Melilla, Friday, which resulted in the killing and wounding of dozens, according to Moroccan and international media reports.

Spain loses its position as gas hub of southern Europe

Algiers, 13 April 2022 (SPS) - Spain has lost its position as gas hub of the south of Europe, according to the Spanish paper El-Mundo, noting the importance of the gas agreement signed between Algeria and Italy.

By signing an important gas agreement with Italy on Monday, Algeria opts for this friendly country as a big European energy ally to the detriment of Spain which has lost its positions as a gas hub of the South of Europe, said the newspaper.

AU Summit suspends decision to grant observer status to Zionist entity

Addis Ababa, 7 February 2022 (SPS) - African Union (AU) Summit, held Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, suspended the decision of the African Commission' chairman, Moussa Faki, to grant an observer status to the Zionist entity and set up a committee made up of the leaders of seven African countries, including Algeria, to make a recommendation to the AU Summit about the issue.

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