Spain deports 73 in ongoing border clash with Morocco

Spain deports 73 in ongoing border clash with Morocco

[JURIST] Spain began deporting illegal immigrants on Friday after a week of border rushes at Melilla, a tiny enclave on Spain's border with Morocco along the northern coast of Africa. Hundreds of illegal African immigrants have entered the country this past week, and earlier this week Spain announced plans to begin deportations [JURIST report]. Six people died on Thursday during a violent border clash. Only 73 were deported on Friday, but 1,600 are being kept at a holding facility in Melilla. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees [official website] is holding consultations [AFP report] with both Spain and Morocco in an attempt to resolve the refugee crisis, and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Friday that the situation poses "a very serious problem." AP has more.