RAW: 200 migrants storm Spanish border fence, 14 injured

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  • Around 200 migrants stormed a border fence in an attempt to reach Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta, early Tuesday morning. 67 migrants reportedly successfully crossed into Spain.
    Several groups of migrants remain dispersed around the city. Some sustained injuries while crossing the border fence. Red Cross officers provided medical assistance to the injured.

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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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