Spain has two autonomous exclaves in North Africa: Melilla (on Morocco's northeastern coast) and Ceuta (on the Moroccan coast near Gibraltar). Ceuta was in the news this week when as many as 8,000 would-be migrants to the European Union, mostly from Sub-Saharan Africa, decided to swim from Morocco to Ceuta or climb the fence separating the two territories. Although Morocco normally polices the border to prevent that from happening, Moroccan officials apparently chose to express their displeasure with Spain's decision to admit the leader of Western Sahara's Polisario Front to a Spanish hospital by ... not. Most of the would-be migrants have since been sent back to Morocco.
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