Migrants Storm Beach in Southern Spain as Confused Sunbathers Look On

Todd Singleton
August 13, 2017

The footage shows the small black boat approach a beach in Cadiz, in southern Spain, to the shock of the many beachgoers watching on.

That is more than triple the number who reached Spain at the same time a year ago, according to Joel Millman, a senior IOM spokesman, and already more than the total arrivals in 2016.

The International Organization for Migration says 8,385 migrants have reached Spain by sea so far this year, more than double the number from the same period last year.

Spain's increase is in stark contrast to the United States where President Trump's' administration has slowed illegal border crossings by more than 72 percent compared to 2016, according to a recent Washington Times article.

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Similar footage shows migrants celebrating after crossing the border into Ceuta.

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A Spanish guard can be seen breaking his lower leg while attempting to kick one of the charging migrants.

Since eight of the top 10 African countries where migrants live before they look to Libya as a jumping off point are located in western Africa, heading north to Morocco and trying for Spain could be cheaper, easier and safer, he said.

Both the IOM and the Spanish Red Cross say Spain is well-equipped to manage the new influx despite complaints from some groups that the country's temporary accommodations for migrants already are filled to capacity.

The teenagers will be taken to migrant reception centres, where they can apply for asylum in Spain.

On January 1 more than 1,000 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa tried to scale the fence at Ceuta during a violent assault in which one officer lost an eye.

The week-long agreement with the Moroccan authorities involves closing the border crossing "Tarajal".

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