Spain: Jihadi Cell Threatened Spanish Royal Family; Refugee offices open in Ceuta and Melilla

Spanish civil guards lead a detained man suspected of using social media to recruit people to violent groups like the Islamic State, in Spain’s North African enclave Melilla, February 24, 2015. REUTERS / JESUS BLASCO DE AVELLANEDA

Members of a Spanish jihadi cell, suspected of plotting to carry out attacks in the country, made threats against the Spanish royal family, specifically King Felipe VI and his two daughters, Spanish interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz has confirmed.

Eight members of the cell were arrested on Friday in raids conducted across Spain, in Barcelona, Girona, Ciudad Real and Avila, according to an interior ministry statement. All eight are Spanish nationals, and five are of Moroccan origin.

Diaz revealed on Monday that, in the raids, police discovered handwritten notes threatening the royal family, particularly King Felipe and his two daughters, Leonor, nine and heir to the throne, and Sofia, seven…

But hey, no biggie! Also from Spain: Immigration: Refugee offices open in Ceuta and Melilla: Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diez inaugurated two international protection offices at the borders of Ceuta and Melilla to facilitate asylum requests by migrants trying to illegally enter the two Spanish enclaves in Morocco.

Fifteen Guardia Civil agents were assigned to each of the two offices, Tarajal and Beni-Enzar border gates, to identify immigrants entitled to request international protection and ensure the start of the asylum applicant process “in a period of eight days.”

The initiative, Fernandez Diaz told media, is “a step of enormous significance to facilitate access to international procedure at the border, and bring international and European legislation to the subject.” Applications will be reviewed and resolved, as is the case so far, by the Interior Ministry’s Office of Asylum and Refugees.

Ceuta is another small enclave. It is in the news less as it harder to access — invaders must go by boat.

Meililla-Migrants-clash-with-policeSub-Saharans clash with police as they try to scale the border fence between Morocco and Melilla, May 2014