Ceuta: A 19-year-old female Moroccan migrant curled up in a suitcase, was caught by the border police as she was trying to get smuggled into Spain. A Guinean man and woman, both in their early 20s, were found stashed into hollowed-out portions of the back seat and dashboard of a stolen Volkswagen.
Separately, a young African man was found hidden in a woman's suitcase.
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Once they found the 19-year-old migrant from Gabon, he was given immediate medical attention because of the lack of oxygen in his tiny hiding place. Two people were injured scaling the fence and were taken to hospital in Ceuta.
His father, who was suspected of having paid the woman to smuggle his son into the country, was later arrested on the Spanish border.
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Police said that they had grown suspicious when the woman, carrying her luggage on a trolley, was unduly nervous after passing through a third border control point.
Ceuta, a Spanish autonomous city on the north coast of Africa which borders Morocco, is the European Union's only land border with Africa and sees thousands of attempted illegal crossings each year, mainly by sub-Saharan Africans. The two were also attempting to enter Ceuta.
The rush injured five Spanish policemen and 50 members of the Moroccan forces, including one who lost an eye, the statement added.
But most migrants are reportedly intercepted and returned to Morocco, while those who make it over the fences are eventually repatriated or released.
The area has been a hotbed of conflict recently as migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have tried to climb over the fence while seeking save havens in Europe.