Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Spain finds migrants in funfair lorries in Ceuta enclave

Spanish police have detained 19 North African migrants hiding in fairground lorries after a funfair in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

Police with thermal imaging equipment and sniffer dogs found them among bumper cars and a ghost train, waiting to board a ferry to mainland Spain.

Spanish media reports say most of the group were Moroccans, the others Algerian. They included nine children.

Police also clashed with about 1,000 migrants at the Ceuta-Morocco border.

Ceuta and Melilla - both small Spanish territories in North Africa - have become magnets for African migrants hoping to reach Spain.
Most are fleeing poverty and violence in sub-Saharan Africa - but many are not from war zones.

In the latest clash, migrants threw stones and sticks at police who stopped them before they could scale the Ceuta border fence.

It came a day after 187 migrants out of a crowd of about 300 managed to get into Ceuta.

BBC     News.

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