Migrant squashed in behind car's dashboard at Spain-Morocco border

28 May 2019 - 11:38 By afp
Guards found three migrants squashed into tiny spaces in cars as they tried to illegally enter Spanish territory on the Morocco border.
Guards found three migrants squashed into tiny spaces in cars as they tried to illegally enter Spanish territory on the Morocco border.
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Three African migrants, including one who is 15, were discovered squeezed inside compartments under car dashboards and behind seats at a border crossing from Morocco to Spain, police said on Monday.

Spanish police found a 15-year-old girl and two men aged 20 and 21 on Friday morning when they searched three cars at the border between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Melilla, a spokesman for the Guardia Civil police force said.

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Two migrants were found crammed inside tiny spaces installed under car dashboards, while a third was hidden in a compartment behind the rear seat of one vehicle, a Guardia Civil statement said.

Two of the migrants required medical attention because they showed "symptoms of asphyxia, disorientation and generalised pain in the joints due to the horrible way in which they were travelling," the statement added.

Police arrested the three drivers, all Moroccan men aged 19 to 31, on suspicion of people smuggling.

Border police also found a 20-year-old migrant on Friday hanging from the undercarriage of a truck at the border crossing.

Spain's two North African enclaves, Melilla and Ceuta, have the European Union's only land borders with Africa.

They are often used as entry points into Europe for African migrants, who usually climb over border fences or try to swim along the coast.


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