Woman died in border crossing Sebta

A Moroccan woman died Sunday in a hospital in Tetouan, after three days earlier to be trampled in a scuffle at the border crossing with Sebta.

The goods carried about twenty years old woman on her back that were bought in Sebta. They wanted this property the border Thursday morning transfer to Morocco, like thousands of other women do on a daily basis, told Mohamed Benaïssa of the Observatory of human rights (ONDH).

The young woman was trampled in a scuffle, Mr Mohamed Benaïssa explains.

She was taken to a hospital in the neighboring town of Fnideq taken Sunday and was evacuated to the provincial hospital in Tetouan, where they died upon arrival, told a doctor of the hospital to AFP. According to him they to suffered an acute edema in the lungs, a lung disease of cardiac origin.

The authorities in Sebta had the former border post at the end of February renovated, in particular to the working conditions of the so-called "mules" to Morocco. They also announced a strengthening of the control measures, in particular the weight and dimensions of the packages that are carried by the "mules" and set up a maximum quota of 4000 "mules" per day.

These measures, however, have not led to solving the problem and the opening of the new border crossing was marked by some people pushing and pulling, scuffle, which repeatedly had to be taken by the police.

Faced with this situation, the border post was closed again for a week, before this media March was reopened.

The "mules", which sometimes carry 90 kg on their backs, make the transition several times during the day and are "treated like cattle," said Karima Omar El Ayachi, a local employee of the Moroccan Association for human rights (AMDH).

"What happened is the result of the chaotic management of the border crossing by the authorities of the two countries," said Mohamed Benaïssa.

In november denounced the human rights association in Andalucia (APDHA) the situation of the "mules" of Sebta, estimated at nearly 7000, which "weight of 60 to 90 kilos on their backs" for 100 dirham per day, and "to do with daily humiliations and degrading treatment ".