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Africans Cross Deserts and Brave Razor Wire to Enter Small European Enclave



(p. A10) About 600 Africans tried to breach a border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta early Monday, Spanish news organizations reported, three days after hundreds of migrants used wire cutters and other implements to storm the 20-foot-high barrier.

Ceuta and Melilla, territories of Spain on the North African coast, have the only two land borders between the European Union and Africa, and they have become a magnet for sub-Saharan migrants willing to cross deserts, brave razor wire and endure perilous conditions in search of a better life.

Eleven migrants were injured while attempting to cross the five-mile barrier on Monday and have been hospitalized, the Red Cross said.



For the full story, see:

DAN BILEFSKY. "More Migrants Storm Fence Into Spanish Enclave in Africa, Spanish Enclave in Africa." The New York Times (Tues., FEB. 21, 2017): A10.

(Note: ellipsis, and bracketed date, added.)

(Note: the online version of the story has the date FEB. 20, 2017, and has the title "More Migrants Storm Fence to Enter Ceuta, Spanish Enclave in Africa.")






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