Operation Paso del Estrecho begins, once again involving Spanish ports


It represents one of the most numerous movements of people between continents in such a short period of time.

Vehicles and people crossing the strait in operation.A. Carrasco RagalEFE
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Operation Crossing the Strait ,OPE) in the middle Morocco You europa Resuming this Sunday, for the past two years following the covid-19 pandemic and visiting Spanish ports Diplomatic crisis between Madrid and Rabato,

as reported by Mohammed V Foundation for SolidarityIn charge of coordinating the operation has prepared 17 rest stopsTo receive passengers in Morocco and in various European countries, including the Mediterranean ports of Tanger-Med, Tanger-Ville, Alhucemas and Nador.

In addition, other reception sites have been equipped almera, Algeciras You motriliin addition to the following Why (France) and gnova (Italy). More than 1,000 doctors, social workers and volunteers will provide social and medical support to passengers at rest places and on ships.

also known as Operasin Marhab (Welcome), since 1986 OPE has been organizing round-trip transit for citizens of Moroccan origin who travel from European countries to North Africa during the summer.

accept it one of the largest movements of people between continents in such a short time. In 2019, the last OPE involving Spanish ports, 3,340,045 passengers and 760,215 vehicles crossed the Strait of Gibraltar via the sea lines between Morocco and Spain.

This year, Morocco has scheduled 32 ferries with 571 weekly trips to cover the route between its ports and the ports of Spain, France and Italy with a capacity of 478,000 passengers and 123,000 cars.

There will be 23 ferries that will operate on lines joining the Maghreb country and Spain, representing 95% of passenger traffic during this operation, 14 of which will cover the main route Tanger-Med – Algeciras. Two ships dedicated to transport trucks will also operate on these lines. these boats 47 daily trips with a capacity of approximately 40,000 passengers and 11,000 carsThat is, an increase of 4% compared to 2019.

In 2020 and 2021, the Moroccan government limited the return of Moroccan expatriates to their country using ships from the French ports of Marseille and Ste, in addition to the Italian port of Genoa.

On 12 April, maritime connectivity between the ports of Algeciras You way Together with Tanger-Med and Tanger-Ville respectively, they re-established their activity after more than two years of suspension of the routes.

Similarly, on 17 May the land borders between Spain and Morocco were changed to . reopened in the cities of ceuta You Melilla After the shutdown due to the pandemic and the bilateral crisis between the two countries.

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