Those attempting to cross the fence tried “to force open some of the doors in the external fence, using iron bars, wire cutters and large stones with which they assaulted Moroccan forces and (Spanish) Guardia Civil (police) agents,” a representative from the central government told The U.K. Telegraph.
Video footage of migrants attempting to cross the border of Spain’s North African territory of Ceuta illustrated just how effective a border wall can be — and why the U.S. needs one along its southern border.
The footage showed an organised attempt by over 1,000 migrants from Morocco to cross into Spain’s North African territory on Sunday, according to Breitbart.
Dozens of migrants made it to the top of the almost 20-foot-tall barbed wire fence in the early morning hours before being taken down by cranes, Reuters reported.
But officials were ready for them, and marched the ones who made it over the fence right back across the border.
The Spanish government said in a statement that about 1,100 migrants had attempted to cross the fence. Only two of those were allowed into Ceuta, where they were taken to a hospital, and the others were promptly returned to Morocco.
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Spanish and Moroccan authorities vowed they would punish migrants and deport those crossing the border, and it looked like they were making good on the promise.
“From now on, those making such attempts will be presented before the competent judicial authorities, who will decree their expulsion from the kingdom (of Morocco) or heavier penalties, according to the gravity of the act,” Morocco’s interior ministry said in a statement, Reuters reported.
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