A reported 1,000 African migrants attempted to storm the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Tuesday morning. 

The migrants were reportedly carrying makeshift weapons such as sticks, hand-made spears, and sharp objects. According to Ceuta’s Civil Guard Command, at least three Spanish officers and ten Moroccans were injured.

Authorities managed to repel the “extremely violent” mob of migrants, some of whom were throwing rocks at law enforcement officers.

The attempt to enter European Union (EU) territory from Morocco comes just one day after 300 sub-Saharan Africans stormed the Tarajal crossing, resulting in an officer receiving a broken leg. 187 of the invaders succeeded in breaking into the Spanish enclave.

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Nicolás Fernández Curucull, a Spanish government delegate in Ceuta, said the injuries were inflicted due to the migrants “violent behavior,” as they “overwhelmed the border agents.”

Amnesty International slammed the statement, claiming it could “encourage hateful and xenophobic discourse.”

“Amnesty International has highlighted the rise of ‘us versus them’ rhetoric, which it is necessary to bring a stop to, on multiple occasions in recent times,” the NGO wrote in a press release in which the organization demands the European Union opens safe and legal routes into its territory for sub-Saharan Africans to migrate.

The BBC reported Spanish police detained 19 North African migrants on Tuesday, as they attempted to enter the country in carnival trucks.

Officers using thermal imaging technology and sniffer dogs found the group, which was made up of Moroccans and Algerians, hiding in and around train cars as they waited to board a ferry to the Spanish mainland.

Breitbart London reported in March that the Spanish security minister warned that migrants were becoming increasingly violent in their attempts to breach Ceuta and the nation’s other North African enclave Melilla. Migrants were not only using sticks, but wire cutters and iron bars to attack border security.

500 migrants managed to break through a 20 foot high fence as they assaulted the Spanish border in February. After injuring 15 Spanish officers, the migrants could be seen running through the streets claiming victory after their successful invasion.

 

Sources:

Breitbart

Amnesty International