Sub-Saharan migrants continue to storm Spanish beaches

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A small-sized boat carrying about 50 migrants safely reached the popular beach of La Barrosa in Chiclana, Cádiz on August 26.

Around 3.30pm tourists witnessed how the Zodiac approach the coast quickly and eyewitnesses said passengers — many of whom appeared to be minors — promptly climbed the surrounding cliffs. A video published by Europa Press confirms the account.

Local police force Guardia Civil began a search for new arrivals around the area, as reported by sources close to the Chiclana city council.

Guardia Civil have also arrested at least two people after the arrival according to Cadena SER / Radio Cádiz. Diario De Cadiz said that 25 of the immigrants were intercepted and were transformed to the Red Cross.

Spanish lifeboat institution Salvamento Marítimo also recovered a boat on August 27 with 14 migrants on board.

Freighter MSC Noa sent a notice of its sighting and position. Salvamento Marítimo in Tarifa, Cádiz then mobilized rescue boat Salvamar Arcturus and issued an all-ports warning in the area.

Another boat was rescued later with 44 occupants of sub-Saharan and Asian origin, who have been transferred to the Spanish port of Algeciras. (EL PAÍS in Spanish, includes video)

Both Guardia Civil’s Maritime Service and Salvamento Marítimo have rescued a total of 446 immigrants only in the Summer Bank Holiday, after rescuing them from two kayaks and 15 boats in the waters of the Alboran Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar. (El Mundo in Spanish)

On July 26, a group estimated at “over 600” undocumented migrants of sub-Saharan origin attempted to cross the border fence that separates the Spanish exclave of Ceuta from Morocco. The incident was one of the most violent and numerous recent crossings, according to police sources.

Guardia Civil released news of the mass attempt to climb over the barrier. Of these, a total of 602 immigrants managed to get into Ceuta, of whom 132 were injured, according to the Red Cross.(El País in Spanish).

A spokesman for the Spanish police in Ceuta told AFP that migrants climbed over the double barrier, which is covered in small blades. They forced their way in “all of a sudden, with much violence”. Some attacked police with quicklime they carried in tubes and bottles, resulting in “more than a dozen police” injured, four of whom had to be hospitalized for burns in the face and arms (Daily Telegraph).

An African migrant in this still image from video climbs the border from Morocco to Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta, July 26, 2018. FARO TV/REUTERS TV/via REUTERS SPAIN OUT.

Isabel Brasero, spokeswoman for the Red Cross, said 30 migrants with injuries were treated, none serious. Eleven of them were taken to hospital for stitches and possible fractures, she added (AFP).

She said that after they had climbed over the barrier they ran toward CETI, the centre that houses migrants once they arrive in Spanish territory.

Ceuta and Melilla — Spanish territories on Morocco’s northern border — are the two locations where the European Union has borders with Africa. Italy’s new far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini closing the route through Libya has caused people like the latest group to try Morocco instead.

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