African migrants force their way through barbed wire fence into Spain

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About 220 African migrants on Monday forced their way through a barbed wire fence into Spain’s North African enclave of Cueta, clashing with Spanish police who tried to prevent them from crossing the border with Morocco.

32 migrants were taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries after they pushed their way through two gates, while three Spanish policemen were also treated, Reuters reports.

Several of the migrants collapsed from exhaustion after crossing into Spanish territory.

Spain’s two enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla, have been favoured entry points into Europe for African migrants, who either climb over their border fences or swim along their coastlines.

After thousands crossed over in 2014 and 2015, Spain stepped up security, partly funded by European authorities, and passed a law enabling its border police to refuse refugees the opportunity to apply for asylum.

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