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An earlier attempt to gain entry to the EU through Ceuta. Photo supplied

Storming Ceuta… again

The autonomous city of Ceuta is one of two Spanish enclaves on the coast of North Africa - the other being Melilla. It borders on Morocco. Last week a group of migrants tried to break through the border and gain entrance to Spain, and thus the EU, once again.

Published: December 1, 2019, 10:35 am

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    By running a large van through a border post at full speed, the African tried to get into the EU. Based on the footage of the aftermath, it looks as if the Africans encountered strips of long metal spikes that obliterated their vehicle’s tires.

    But a total of 52 immigrants, 36 men, 12 women, and four minors nevertheless succeeded in entering Ceuta illegally last week.

    What is surprising is that it was not over the fence, or by launch, but rather by a van in which these people traveled and crossed at Tarajal [border crossing] at full speed.

    According to sources on duty, four had to be transported to the university hospital as a result of their injuries although none appeared to be serious. There were no injuries among the agents who guarded the border crossing at that time.

    The vehicle, after entering at full speed, managed to travel some meters until it reached the first turnoff to the university hospital. Sources from the Civil Guard have confirmed the detention of an individual of Moroccan nationality as the perpetrator of the crimes.

    One charge is an attack against authority and the other against the rights of foreign citizens. This is expected to be forwarded to judicial disposition soon.

    Four people had to be transported to the University Hospital with sprained ankles, nausea and vomiting although nobody’s condition appeared serious.

    According to what medics told Ceuta Television, the vehicle ran head-on into the vehicle of a doctor who arrived at that moment to attend to an emergency. The Iveco van remained on Doctor Abdelkrim Avenue.

    At around 11 o’clock in the morning a mobile park operator removed the vehicle. As for the immigrants, all of them are sub-Saharan. After the events, they were transferred to central headquarters of the national police for identification and corresponding entry in CETI [Center for Temporary Residence of Immigrants] or remained in the care of the autonomous city, as is the case with minors.

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