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Hundreds of migrants storm fences to invade the Spanish enclave in Africa



MADRID – Hundreds of migrants stormed border fences separating Spain's North African enclave Ceuta from Morocco to reach Europe, police said Thursday.

Spain's Civil Guard said 602 migrants had come in a massive attack on Spanish soil on the high barbed wire fences shortly after dawn.

Migrants intersected holes in the fences, throwing feces and quicklime, a skin irritant, at police officers who tried to restrain them, the Civil Guard said in a statement [196592002]

Africans from sub-Saharan Africa who were illegally present in Morocco live each year, trying to reach Europe by climbing rows of 20 foot fences around Ceuta and Melilla, Spain's other North African enclave. Those who manage to house temporary housing for migrants

The attack on Thursday increased pressure on the Spanish authorities through a new wave of migrants, with hundreds of migrants crossing the Mediterranean every day on unsafe boats.

The International Organization for Migration so far has more than 22,700 migrants in Spain this year – three times more than in the same period last year. The Spanish maritime rescue service recorded 332 people in the Mediterranean on Thursday.


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