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Spain Ceuta: Migrants found hidden in auto and suitcase

Spain Ceuta: Migrants found hidden in auto and suitcase

More than 1000 migrants stormed a double fence on Sunday in a bid to cross from Morocco into Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta.

Video from the scene shows large numbers of migrants perched on fences where they were halted by Spanish and Moroccan forces before being removed with cranes. It said 10 members of its security forces were seriously wounded.

All but two of the migrants were sent back to Morocco and almost 800 were arrested, the Spanish government said.

Five Spanish police and 50 from Morocco were injured, the government added, after migrants used rocks and metal bars to try and break through gates to access the fence and clashed with authorities. Only two were allowed into Ceuta to be taken to hospital while the rest were returned to Morocco, the Spanish government said in a statement.

Fog disrupts flights across Europe
Fred Legace, the airport's managing director, says all remaining outbound flights for December 28 have been cancelled. Belfast City Airport advised anyone due to travel on Friday to check with their airline for updates.

The attempt comes after more than 400 migrants succeeded in breaching Ceuta's fence in December.

To stop this, Spain has built substantial fences and actively works to keep the exact location of the official border secret so migrants can be removed even if they cross the barriers.

Ceuta: A 19-year-old female Moroccan migrant curled up in a suitcase, was caught by the border police as she was trying to get smuggled into Spain.

According to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the past year turned out to be the deadliest on record with regard to the number of refugees drowning en route to Europe. This year, alsmost 5,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean, trying to get into Europe, where they dreamed they would have better lives. Spain has frequently come under fire from human rights groups for turning migrants away immediately and sending them back into Morocco.


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