Migrant Drowing in Spain Rises to 11

“Spain Migrant Drowning Toll Rises to 11,” from the AFP:

Police found the body of a migrant on a beach in Ceuta Wednesday, bringing to 11 the number of people who drowned trying to swim to the Spanish territory from Morocco, an official said.

Officers discovered the body of a man in his twenties at Ceuta’s Tarajal beach, a spokesman for the Spanish government’s delegation in the territory said.

He is one of hundreds of sub-Saharan African migrants who tried to enter Ceuta on Thursday by swimming from a beach in neighbouring Morocco, the spokesman added.

“The body was found this afternoon, it was washed ashore by the currents. Police have been combing the beach since Thursday’s events,” the official said.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz will appear before parliament on Thursday to discuss the deaths after rights groups and Spanish media cited migrants who alleged that police fired into the sea where they were swimming.

Spanish authorities said civil guards in Ceuta used rubber bullets to ward off the migrants but that they fired them in the air and did not target anyone directly…

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