More than 800 sub-Saharan migrants broke through the border at the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in Morocco on Thursday. The group bombarded border officers with bags of excrement, as well as quicklime, sticks and stones. Aerosol cans were also used as flame throwers.
According to The Telegraph, this is the first incursion of such magnitude into Ceuta since February 2017, when 850 migrants crossed the border in four days. Although, security forces say the level of violence employed in the recent assault was “unprecedented.”
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“It comes as the Spanish system struggles to cope with surging numbers of arrivals. The country is now the largest gateway for migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, with 19,586 people landing on its shores so far this year… NGOs say the country’s asylum system is collapsed, with thousands already waiting for spaces, and that more resources are desperately needed.”
On Monday more than 1,200 people were rescued by the Spanish coastguard in Andalusia. Authorities have admitted infrastructure is failing to cope with the influx. Sport halls, boats and police station patios have reportedly been converted into migrant sleeping quarters.