More than 3,000 migrants reach Spain’s north African enclave Ceuta in a day

Posted by on May 17, 2021 5:08 pm
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Unprecedented influx comes amid tensions with Morocco over Western Sahara independence leader hospitalisation in Spain

More than 3,000 migrants, a third of them presumed to be minors, crossed into Spain’s northern African enclave of Ceuta on Monday, in an unprecedented influx that left Spanish officials scrambling to bolster police presence in the tiny territory.

Ceuta, along with nearby Melilla, has long been a magnet for African migrants hoping to cross into Europe, despite being heavily protected and fortified with a double fence. The mass crossing into Ceuta comes amid heightened tensions between Madrid and Rabat over Spain’s decision to allow a Western Sahara independence leader to be treated for Covid-19 in Spain.

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