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About 1,000 migrants tried to force their way into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta bordering Morocco by storming the 6-meter-high barbed wire border fence. Local officials say dozens of security forces from both Spain and Morocco have been injured.
Migrants tried ‘to force open some of the doors in the external fence, using iron bars, wire cutters and large stones,’ a statement by Ceuta government said.
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In This Story: Ceuta
It was part of the province of Cádiz until 14 March 1995. On that date, Statutes of Autonomy were passed for both Ceuta and Melilla.
Ceuta, like Melilla and the Canary Islands, was classified as a free port before Spain joined the European Union. Its population consists of Christians, Muslims, and small minorities of Sephardic Jews and ethnic Sindhis from modern-day Pakistan.
Spanish is the official language. Darija Arabic is also spoken by 40–50% of the population.