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Saturday 16 December 2017

Two drown as hundreds of migrants try to swim to Spanish enclave

Migrants have often risked the Mediterranean Sea in their bid to reach Europe
Migrants have often risked the Mediterranean Sea in their bid to reach Europe

More than 200 migrants tried to swim to Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta and although 180 made it, two drowned, 12 were injured and others were intercepted before reaching Spanish soil.

Citing local government sources, the Morocco state news service MAP says the migrants made the swim at around 2am but 104 were stopped by Moroccan forces.

Spanish state broadcaster TVE showed images of migrants being helped by rescue services in Spain and reported that around 180 were believed to have come ashore and that some had climbed onto a border fence.

Thousands of African migrants try to enter the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla each year hoping to reach a better life in Europe.

Spain says 15 drowned trying to reach Ceuta last year.

Press Association

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