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Spain: Thousands of migrants storm border between Morocco and Melilla

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Thousands of migrants stormed the border fence between Morocco and Melilla, a Spanish enclave in northern Africa, on Friday. A group of about 130 who crossed and managed to enter Spanish territory were seen celebrating. Located on the northern coast of Morocco, Melilla and the other Spanish enclave of Ceuta are the European Union’s only land borders with the African continent, and are regularly subject to attempted entries by migrants seeking to reach the European Union. It marks the first large-scale attempt since the normalisation of relations between Madrid and Rabat. The two nations clashed last April after Spain allowed the leader of the Sahrawi separatists of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, into the country for COVID-19 treatment.

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