Spain Accuses Morocco of Blackmail as Migrant Figures Surge

Morocco and Spain are locked in blame games after a migrant surge through Ceuta, a populated Spanish territory in Morocco. Photo Credit: Reuters

Spain has accused Morocco of playing a leading role in the surge witnessed since Monday on its Ceuta enclave.

Thousands of Moroccans have been crossing to Spain, which shares a border with the North African country, leading to a heavy crowd in the European state.

Spanish authorities have pinned the blame on Morocco and described it as a ‘blackmail’ which was politically motivated.

Authorities in Spain said Morocco loosened its border control to allow many locals troop to Europe as revenge for the country’s hosting of a Western Sahara official.

Authorities also said Morocco endangered lives of thousands of its citizens and other migrant Africans by allowing them swim through Ceuta or climbing the walls that separate them from Spain.

While Ceuta is close to Spain, it’s clear that control is in Morocco alongside Melila, another Spanish enclave being controlled by the North African country.

Spain has since deployed troops to the region to control the influx of migrants but Morocco had earlier expressed displeasure with how it allowed a Western Sahara Polisario Front Movement leader, Brahim Ghali into its hospital.

The North African country said Spain committed a reckless act and should not find a Moroccan action surprising as it should have consulted Rabat before allowing a Western Sahara leader.

Ceuta has continued to gain massive attention in the last week, with Spanish politicians and citizens blaming the government on events.

Recall that Al-Sahrawi republic or Western Sahara has been a source of contention between both Morocco and Algeria, although it’s largely controlled by Morocco.

Both nations have been at loggerheads over total control of the state which is described as a non self-governing state by the UN.

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