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In Spain Over 200 migrants storm border in Ceuta

Police were also searching for a handful of others who made it across the barbed-wire fence and fled into the surrounding hills.

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People await on the beach before crossing the El Tarajal border, separating Morocco and Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, in Ceuta play

People await on the beach before crossing the El Tarajal border, separating Morocco and Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, in Ceuta

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Around 220 African migrants forced their way through a fence between Morocco and the tiny Spanish enclave of Ceuta Monday, clashing with police in an incident that injured 35, officials said.

"The migrants demonstrated a hostile and violent attitude. Many were armed with sticks and they attacked the officers when they tried to prevent them from entering," the Spanish government's representative in Ceuta said in a statement.

Three policemen and 32 migrants were treated in hospital for minor injuries, the statement said.

The migrants were taken to a short-stay immigrant centre while Spanish authorities determine their legal status, a local police spokesman said.

Police were also searching for a handful of others who made it across the barbed-wire fence and fled into the surrounding hills.

Ceuta along with Melilla, another Spanish territory in North Africa, have the European Union's only land borders with Africa.

They are favoured entry points for African migrants seeking a better life in Europe, who get there by either climbing over the border fence or by swimming along the coast.

In 2014, 15 migrants drowned as dozens tried to swim to Ceuta from a nearby beach.

At the time, human rights groups and migrants said Spanish police tried to keep them from reaching the shore by firing rubber bullets and spraying them with tear gas.

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