Agence France-Presse quoted the Spanish authorities as saying that a group of 39 Lebanese, who were traveling between Egypt and Latin America, took advantage of the landing of their plane in Barcelona to seek asylum in Spain.
A source in the Catalonia region said that a chartered plane from Cairo to Bogota and Quito had stopped in the Spanish city on Monday and that the group of passengers “did not continue (the journey) and sought asylum.”
The source indicated that the 39 passengers have started the asylum application procedures while they are in an area of the airport where basic services are provided.
The source said that the disembarkation of these passengers from the plane in Barcelona was expected, and that this incident had nothing to do with what happened recently at Palma de Mallorca airport.
On November 5, Palma de Mallorca police arrested 16 people who escaped from a plane that made an emergency landing at the city’s airport, and they are still looking for 8 others.
The police said that the plane, which was on a flight between Morocco and Turkey, was allowed to make an emergency landing in Palma de Mallorca, after receiving a report that one of its passengers was feeling unwell.
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