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Most Palestinian asylum-seekers at Barcelona airport since Monday allowed to enter country

Lebanese nationals were on plane from Cairo to Quito with stopover in Catalan capital


19 November 2021 02:55 PM



35 of the 39 Lebanese nationals of Palestinian origin who asked for asylum at the Barcelona El Prat airport on Monday have been allowed to enter the country on Friday.

The remaining 4 will not be able to leave the premises where they are being housed until the Spanish government decides whether it will consider their applications.

Sources from the Spanish government delegation to Barcelona told the Catalan News Agency on Thursday evening they did not know long how long this would take.

According to these same sources, these people are being lodged in fully equipped facilities and are free to return to Lebanon or to travel to Ecuador if they so desire.

The refugees, who arrived on a charter flight from Cairo, had a stopover in the Catalan capital before they decided not to continue on to Quito.  

This incident comes not long after a plane that was flying from Morocco to Turkey was forced to make an emergency landing in Mallorca to treat a passenger, after which around twenty people fled the aircraft. 


  • The Josep Tarradellas Barcelona - El Prat airport (by Lluís Sibils)

  • The Josep Tarradellas Barcelona - El Prat airport (by Lluís Sibils)