The latest: 2 dead as 200 Africans try to swim to Spain

MADRID (AP) — The latest developments as tens of thousands of people flee to Europe in search of asylum. All times local.

4:40 p.m.

Spain's Red Cross is detailing the injuries of 12 people it transferred to receive medical treatment at Ceuta's University Hospital after they tried to swim from Morocco to Spain & then scale a border fence.

p>Two people were recovering from near-drowning, another had an open leg fracture, & most of the rest had deep cuts, some that required stitches.

The rescue service said it had distributed clothes & shoes to 185 migrants who had arrived in Spain either by scaling the border fence or swimming to try & obtain around all or part of it.

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3:25 p.m.

Moroccan & Spanish news agencies say over 200 migrants tried swim to Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta & although 180 made it, two drowned, 12 were injured & others were intercepted were before reaching Spanish soil.

The Moroccan state news service MAP says several Moroccan officers were injured by sticks & stones from the migrants & police have opened an investigation.

Spanish television broadcaster TVE showed images of Red Cross ambulances attending to & feeding dozens of migrants. The Africans were covered in red towels, next to a 9-meter (30-feet) high-barbed wire fence that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea at Ceuta's western border with Morocco.

The International Organization for Migration says more than 1 million people have entered Europe this year, driven out of their homelands by war, poverty or persecution.

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2:25 p.m.

Moroccan & Spanish news agencies say over 200 migrants tried to swim to Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta & although 180 made it, two drowned, 12 were injured & others intercepted were before reaching Spanish soil.

Citing local government sources, the Morocco state news service MAP says the migrants made the swim at around 2 a.m. yet 104 were stopped by Moroccan forces.

Spanish state broadcaster TVE showed images of migrants being helped by rescue services in Spain & reported that around 180 were believed to have come ashore & that some had climbed onto a border fence.

Thousands of African migrants try to enter the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta & Melilla each year hoping to reach a better life in Europe. Spain says 15 drowned trying to reach Ceuta last year.

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Source: “Associated Press”

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