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Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday it was closing its projects in Morocco in protest at the plight of African migrants allegedly abused by Spanish and Moroccan police as they try to reach European soil.
The group reported treating hundreds of migrants who said they had been beaten by Moroccan and Spanish security forces guarding a fence that closes off the Spanish enclave of Melilla.
Spanish authorities have reported a surge in attempts by desperate Africans to scale the six-metre (20-foot) triple fence over recent months while hundreds camp in the wild nearby on the Moroccan side.
« Our capacity to prompt a substantial change in these people’s situation and the violence that they are suffering is very limited, » Raquel Ayora, Spain director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF), told a news conference.
« It is time to demand that those responsible and capable of solving this problem take responsibility for it, and for us to withdraw » from Morocco, where the Spanish branch of MSF has run projects for 16 years, she added.