VAN WITH 52 MIGRANT PASSENGERS RAM BARRIER AT CEUTA-MOROCCO BORDER SPAIN

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ACCORDING to reports from the Guardia Civil, a van loaded with 52 sub-Saharan African passengers rammed a barrier at the Moroccan border with Ceuta between 2 and 3 a.m. on Monday, November 18.

The passengers included 34 men, 16 women, a 6-year-old, and a 5-month-old, mostly from Guinea with few of the individuals from Cote d’Ivoire and the Congo.

Despite the impact of the crash, Euro Weekly News confirms through reports from El Faro de Ceuta that none of the passengers sustained serious injuries.

It’s reported that the driver, a Moroccan citizen in his late thirties who resides in France, drove toward the border at full speed, ramming through the barrier. Once on the Ceuta side, the passengers quickly exited the van and ran. However they were rapidly rounded up by the Guardia Civil who took them back to the border.

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Four of the migrants had to be taken to Ceuta’s University Hospital for minor injuries: One with an asthma attack and others had body aches from the crash.

Red Cross volunteers set up a temporary station at the border to assess the migrants before Spanish authorities transported them to the Superior Police Headquarters.

The driver, a 38-Year-old Moroccan who responds to the initials m.r.e.a, was arrested.

According to El Faro, the barrier broken by the van has only recently been installed, on October 17, by Spanish border force.

The Spanish Ministry of the Interior has documented 1,163 arrivals by irregular immigrants into Ceuta so far this year. Many migrants attempt accessing Ceuta by climbing the border fence. Some even swim into Ceuta from Moroccan beaches. Others hide in vehicles entering the city.

 

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