A number of terrorists returning from the Syrian conflict may have crossed the border to Spain last week, according to the Spanish intelligence services (CNI). Currently, the CNI is trying to locate the radicals who were being monitored by Moroccan anti-terrorist units before they reportedly took advantage of the humanitarian crisis and entered Spain.
Sources from Spanish intelligence confirmed to La Vanguardia that Spain is working in collaboration with Morocco to try to find the whereabouts of the wanted individuals.
The group, which consists of an unclear number of terrorists crossed the border between Monday and Tuesday. Moroccan intelligence services had been monitoring a number of the individuals from Syria but lost sight of them.
Throughout the past week, the CNI has reinforced its presence in Ceuta, as have the Civil Guard and the National Police.
The Spanish intelligence services have also verified that among the 9,000 or 10,000 people who crossed the border between Monday and Tuesday, members of the Moroccan army also sneaked in, mixing among the other illegal immigrants in order to enter Europe.
An influx of migrant minors
Since Monday, hundreds of migrant minors have been placed in five centers. Yesterday, a warehouse that was formerly a supermarket was opened in a record time and the government of the autonomous city equipped it with army beds for 283 minors who were able to shower in decent conditions for the first time in six days.
The city government estimates that in addition to the 1,000 minors who since yesterday guard and care for them in their entirety, another 500 roam the city, and a number of them, impossible to estimate, have hidden in the houses of Muslim families that shelter them.
Apart from the crisis of the massive influx of Moroccans and sub-Saharan Africans, the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, arrived in Ceuta, where he was welcomed by a demonstration at the doors of the Parador, where he offered a press conference. Throughout the afternoon, dozens of demonstrators protested against what they considered a “provocation” and when they tried to block the exit from the parking lot, the police intervention unit of the National Police charged the attendees.
Title image: Migrants are surrounded by Spanish police near the border of Morocco and Spain, at the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)