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Morocco thwarts attempt to storm Spain border station

Protesters from Rif movement clash with security forces during a demonstration against government in Imzouren town near Al Hoceima city of Morocco on June 2, 2017 [Jalal Morchidi / Anadolu Agency]
Moroccan security forces [Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency]

Moroccan security forces announced today that they thwarted an attempt by over 40 African migrants to storm a border centre that separates the country from the Spanish controlled city of Ceuta.

An official from the Fnideq security commission told the Anadolu Agency that the security forces were able to foil an attempt at a mass storming of the Bab Ceuta border station.

The official, who preferred to remain anonymous, added that one of the migrants managed to go over the border wall, which is five metres high.

Hundreds of migrants flock to the forests near the town of Belyounech, which is close to the border wall with Ceuta. They stay there collectively as they wait for an appropriate opportunity to secretly migrate to southern Spain or pass through the border and enter Ceuta.

The Kingdom of Morocco does not recognise the legitimacy of Spain’s governance of the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, located north of Morocco. Rabat considers the two cities part of its Kingdom, and urges Madrid to enter direct negotiations with it in order to restore them.

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