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Morocco migrant deaths need independent probe – UN

The UN has called for an independent inquiry into the deaths of 23 people after hundreds of migrants tried to break into the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco.

The Moroccan authorities say a number of people were crushed to death in a stampede on Friday after a section of border fence was cut open, while others may have been killed after falling from a border fence.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has blamed people traffickers.

But the incident has provoked protests in Spain, with demonstrators saying the government’s hard-line policies are forcing migrants to take desperate measures.

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