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Spain: in face of influx of migrants; calling on Europe to help

The number of migrants using the Strait of Gibraltar have streamed out since the beginning of the year. Hundreds of them are trying to reach Europe’s shores. Dozens jump from a boat to land on the coast of Cadiz (Spain). In the middle of the waves, young men run between tourists to hide in the sand dunes and escape the Spanish police.

The 14 kilometers that separate Morocco and Spain are a busy passage. For the day alone Sunday, July 29, 21 boats were rescued on the strait. Coastguards attempt to board them, often without success, and migrants reach the beaches and mingle with tourists. Since the beginning of the year, 300 migrants have lost their lives trying to reach Spain.

 

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