Migrants clash with Moroccan riot police after expulsion from Spain’s Ceuta

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    Moroccan riot police clashed with hundreds of migrants in the border town of Fnideq on Wednesday after thousands had been expelled from Spain’s Ceuta, an enclave that has periodically been a magnet for refugees seeking a quick way into Europe.

    People were reportedly seen lighting a motorbike and rubbish bin on fire and throwing stones.

    Earlier in the day, thousands of migrants had forced their way past tightened security in Ceuta, even as Spain pressed on with expelling those who swam or climbed into its North African enclave.

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    In This Story: Ceuta

    Ceuta is a Spanish autonomous city on the north coast of Africa. Bordered by Morocco, it lies along the boundary between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

    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.

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    Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. Capital city Madrid is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European masters. Segovia has a medieval castle (the Alcázar) and an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Família church. 

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