Refugees hurt on fence

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MADRID: Around 70 sub-Sa­ha­ran African refugees were in­jured when they tried to cross a ra­zor-wire­topped fence sep­a­rat­ing north­ern Morocco from the Span­ish en­clave of Ceuta yes­ter­day, the Red Cross said.

Po­lice said 200 peo­ple rushed the border in a bid to reach Europe. Around 60 man­aged to en­ter.

Refugees fre­quently jump or cut through the fences of Ceuta and Melilla, or by swim­ming along the Moroccan coast­line.

The num­ber of mi­grants en­ter­ing Spain via Ceuta and Melilla more than dou­bled in the first six months of the year from the same pe­riod last year to 3 200 peo­ple, said the In­te­rior Min­istry. Reuters

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