Spanish Port of Melilla Under Pressure

Last year 11,669 people were located in the port’s security zone. So far this year, the Civil Guard has located a total of 1,781 people inside the port’s security zone.

The way to access this area of ​​the Port is diverse, some manage to access by swimming and others by different land procedures, entering “on the run”, in the bottom or at the top of the vehicles when they slow down, which is known as “risky”.

Others are already hidden in the double bottoms of rafts, vehicles and platforms, places that are very dangerous for their physical integrity.

In the latest incidents the Spanish Civil Guard has assisted and rescued 41 people who were hidden in the rafts, trucks, containers and articulated vehicles, prior to boarding the ships with the aim of entering irregularly.

On the morning of last Friday, a total of 35 people hidden in different places were located in a first visual search. The second, more exhaustive and meticulous search resulted in the location of five people in very dangerous places.

Four of them had hidden in a container that was shipped full of broken glass for recycling, with the danger that it entails due to the multiple cutting edges, in a journey that lasts about seven hours.

Likewise, a person was found inside an airtight plastic bag, which contained fly ash from the incinerator, a toxic material, according to the European waste list.

The civil guard who carried out the rescue first observed what corresponded to the inert leg of a person, which produced a great emotional impact, requesting the urgent help of an ambulance when he thought that he had died. Fortunately, upon being unearthed from the ashes, she regained consciousness and was able to save her life.