Hundreds of migrants storm Spanish exclave Ceuta, some armed with homemade flamethrowers

African migrants in this still image from video climb the border from Morocco to Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta, Spain, July 26, 2018 / Reuters
Over 600 migrants armed with sticks and homemade flamethrowers broke through the border fence in the Spanish town of Ceuta, local media report citing police. More than 100 migrants and 22 border agents were injured in the fight.

Border agents arrested hundreds of migrants on the Moroccan side and more were detained in Ceuta, El Pais reports. Volunteers and the local branch of the Red Cross told reporters that 132 migrants sustained injuries, while 11 had to be taken to a local hospital.

Some of them were cut with barbed wire while trying to climb the border fence, and others sustained broken bones. The scuffles also led to 22 border agents receiving injuries. Some agents were burnt as the migrants attacked them with homemade flamethrowers while trying to avoid arrest.

Migrants were also reportedly fighting off the border agents with sticks, quicklime and sprays containing fouls odor.

Spanish media cited police who say the recent incident is one of “the most violent and numerous entries” of asylum seekers in recent months.

Ceuta is one of two Spanish territories in North Africa, along with Melilla. The city is a hub for African migrants trying to reach Europe.

Ref.: https://www.rt.com/news/434325-spain-ceuta-migrants-flamethrowers/

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