More than 180 mi­grants storm Morocco-Spain bor­der post

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Madrid, Spain - More than 180 mi­grants stormed a bor­der post be­tween Morocco and the Span­ish ter­ri­tory of Ceuta on Mon­day, ca­reer­ing through with agents un­able to stop them, au­thor­i­ties said.

“They en­tered at five in the morn­ing run­ning through,” a spokesman for the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice in Ceuta told AFP, ad­ding there were 187 peo­ple in to­tal.

Footage of the in­ci­dent broad­cast on tele­vi­sion showed the mi­grants from sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa sprint­ing over the bor­der from the Moroc­can side while it was still dark. Once on Span­ish soil, they cel­e­brated, rais­ing their hands in joy to the cam­era, one man kneel­ing on the floor.

Ceuta and Melilla, an­other Span­ish ter­ri­tory on Morocco’s north­ern bor­der, have the EU’s only land borders with Africa. As a re­sult, they are en­try points for mi­grants des­per­ate to get to Europe and who reg­u­larly try to climb the high bor­der fences, swim along the coast or hide in ve­hi­cles cross­ing the fron­tier.

A po­lice spokesman, how­ever, said this type of bor­der­cross­ing at­tempt - sprint­ing through manned posts - was very rare. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had any at­tempt of this kind here,” he said.

The mi­grants who reached Ceuta were even­tu­ally rounded up and taken to a re­cep­tion cen­tre, where they can ap­ply for asy­lum in Spain.

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