‘Hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis’ as mi­grants hit by in­fec­tions

The Sunday Telegraph - - World News - By Har­riet Alexan­der

TI­JUANA’S au­thor­i­ties are in­creas­ingly con­cerned about the spread of dis­eases in the city as 5,000 mem­bers of the mi­grant “car­a­van” camp in tem­po­rary shel­ters, await­ing the chance to ap­ply for asy­lum in the United States.

The govern­ment of Baja Cal­i­for­nia – the state in which the Mex­i­can bor­der city lies – says hun­dreds of Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants have been treated for res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions and other ail­ments. On Fri­day they re­ported treat­ing 818 res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions and providing 1,286 gen­eral med­i­cal con­sul­ta­tions to mem­bers of the car­a­van, who are liv­ing in a con­verted sports cen­tre. Juan Manuel Gastélum, mayor of the bor­der city, has de­clared a hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis and ap­pealed to the United Na­tions for help.

Yes­ter­day it was re­ported that the new Mex­i­can govern­ment, to be in­au­gu­rated on De­cem­ber 1, had agreed a deal with the US whereby asy­lum seek­ers would wait in Mex­ico while their claims were pro­cessed.

Olga Sanchez Cordero, the in­com­ing in­te­rior min­is­ter, said the Re­main In Mex­ico deal was “short term”, and had not yet been signed.

Stormy waters Light­ning over the Mediter­ranean near the city of Ashkelon, Is­rael, where a man was killed this month by a rocket fired by Pales­tinian mil­i­tants in Gaza.

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