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Record 496 Spanish incursions into Gibraltar waters, says the Foreign Office

Tuesday, January 7th 2014 - 23:58 UTC
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 One of the many incidents involving the Guardia Civil and Gibraltar police One of the many incidents involving the Guardia Civil and Gibraltar police

The Sunday Telegraph reported a record number of Spanish incursions into Gibraltar waters last year, but its calculations in fact fell short of the final total, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.

 The UK newspaper said last weekend that Spanish state vessels had entered British Gibraltar territorial waters 446 times during 2013.

The real total for last year was 496 incursions, including one month during which 68 incidents were reported, according to figures released by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

“The Royal Navy upholds British sovereignty by challenging all unlawful incursions by vessels of the Spanish State through radio warnings and the close monitoring of all such vessels until they leave British Gibraltar Territorial Waters,” the spokesman told the Chronicle on Monday.

“Although unlawful incursions are a violation of British sovereignty, they are not a threat to it.”

“They do not change international law or the fact of UK and Gibraltar jurisdiction”, said the spokesman.

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  • Anglotino

    496 incursions.
    0 effects.

    Wow, poor poor Spain. How's that deflection working out for you now?

    Jan 08th, 2014 - 01:02 am 0
  • Vestige

    Talk like that will keep you in a 4 hour queue.

    Jan 08th, 2014 - 01:27 am 0
  • Anglotino

    Oooh beware the crushing might of the Spanish state.

    How ever will Gibraltar survive?

    4 hour waits must have the 30,000 Gibraltans almost ready to roll over and throw away their high living standards, low corruption and unemployment and high growth rates and join Spain..... which has none of these.

    4 hour queues? Haha as I said ZERO effect.

    Jan 08th, 2014 - 03:27 am 0
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