38 Migrants Killed In Mexican Border Fire
38 people people have died at a Mexican migrant processing centre in a fire that was started during a protest. Many more were injured, with 29 taken to hospitals in what has been described as delicate-serious condition.
Authorities believe the fire was caused when some of the migrants, detained at the center in Ciudad Juárez, found out they were about to be deported and set off the blaze in protest.
The centre is positioned near the Mexico/US border, across the Rio Grande river from El Paso, Texas, and of late had witnessed a large influx of Central and South Americans attempting to get to the US. Nearby, hundreds of migrants, mostly from Venezuela, had recently tried to force their way over a river crossing into El Paso leading the US into barricading the bridge.
According to Mexican authorities, the dead included nationals from Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuela, El Salvador, Colombia and Ecuador. US Customs and Border Protection stated they were ‘prepared to receive and process those who were injured in the fire and are being transported via ambulance from Mexican to US medical facilities for treatment’.