Spain shuts Gibraltar border

2003-11-03 11:41
Gibraltar - Spain ordered on Monday the closure of its border with Gibraltar after the arrival in the British overseas territory of the cruise ship Aurora, whose passengers have been stricken by a highly contagious stomach virus, officials said.

A large queue of cars and pedestrians was already gathering on the Spanish side of the border, made up mainly of several thousand Spanish workers who cross daily into Gibraltar for work, a correspondent reported.

A person queuing on the Spanish side said a large contingent of Spanish riot police had gathered in the border area, while Spain had put down barriers to stop vehicles from travelling into Gibraltar

The ship, over a quarter of whose 1 900 passengers have suffered from the viral gastroenteritis, was cleared a day earlier to dock in Gibraltar by the local government.

Gibraltar health officials will only allow healthy passengers to disembark from the ship, which arrived in the territory early on Monday, a Gibraltar government spokesman said.

The ship, which is on its way back to Southampton, England, sailed to Gibraltar after Greek authorities refused to allow it to dock on Friday at the Greek port of Piraeus outside Athens.

This is the first closure of Spain's border with Gibraltar, which is situated on the northern side of the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, since 1969. Free travel between the two sides was only fully restored in 1985.

A spokesman for Gibraltar's government said that there was no justification for Madrid's decision to close the border.

The Spanish government said that the Minister of Health, Ana Pastor, has travelled to a location close to the border with the Gibraltar to co-ordinate its actions.

NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/Music

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The virtual world can be very tempting to escape into but focus on also being present and keeping your feet anchored in reality....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.