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Spain Arrests 12 Passengers For Fleeing Plane, Most Suspects Are Moroccans

Security services in Spain arrested on Saturday 12 passengers, mostly Moroccans, who fled an airplane during an emergency landing at the Palma de Mallorca airport.

The arrested passengers are among the 24 people reported to have fled an Air Arabia plane that left Casablanca on Friday and stopped in Spain en route to Istanbul.

The plane had to make an emergency landing after one of the passengers was thought to be suffering from a diabetic coma. 

After being evacuated to a hospital in Spain, medical staff said the man was fine and discharged him.

The passenger, who claimed to be suffering from a diabetic coma, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of encouraging irregular migration and violating Spanish migration law.

Spanish police also announced the arrest of 12 of the 24 passengers, while searches are ongoing to arrest the remaining passengers.

Police said that most of the passengers are Moroccans except for one, who Spanish services believe to be a Palestinian national.

The Spanish government has described the incident as unprecedented, vowing to arrest all the people involved in the staging of the incident.

Police are now investigating the case to determine whether the incident was planned.

A video of the incident is going viral, showing several men rushing to the airplane’s door after the emergency landing.

People seeking to migrate to Europe are attempting all risky ways to reach their goal. Thousands of migrants risk their lives at sea, either by swimming or embarking onboard artisanal boats to reach the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in hopes of eventually living in Spain or any other EU country. 

Morocco’s government has repeatedly vowed commitment to continue to assist its EU partners, notably Spain, in their struggle to curb waves of irregular migrants dreaming of reaching EU shores. 

Since 2017, Morocco has prevented more than 14,000 unauthorized migration attempts.

Moroccan security services have also dismantled over 5,000 trafficking networks and rescued over 80,400 migrants at sea.

source: moroccoworldnews by Safaa Kasraoui

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