Around 700 migrants stormed a 20-ft. security fence that separates Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
The regional government said almost 500 of them made it across the razor-wire barrier and into the Spanish territory. Two migrants were hospitalized and 11 police officers were injured in the assault.
The migrants cheered after they successfully entered the European Union.
Ceuta has one of the EU’s two land borders in North Africa. It is separated from the Spanish mainland by the Strait of Gibraltar. The area has become a popular crossing point for Africans trying to reach Europe illegally.
Authorities managed to stop a similar storming Jan. 1 when 1,100 people from sub-Saharan Africa stormed the fence in an “extremely violent and organized” way. A similar storming took Dec. 9 saw more than 400 successfully making it across the border.
Those who do make it across are usually caught and sent back to Morocco.
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