Police patrolling the border post between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Ceuta were not able to stop some 180 migrants who stormed through – desperately searching for passage to Europe.

The Red Cross said it had assisted 186 people following the morning rush across the border, adding that four migrants were taken to hospital.

“They entered at five in the morning running through,” a spokesman for the central government’s representative office said.

Ceuta and Melilla, the tiny Spanish enclaves that sit on the northern shores of Morocco’s Mediterranean coast, have the EU’s only land borders with Africa.

As a result, they are entry points for migrants desperate to get to Europe and who regularly try to climb the high border fences, swim along the coast or hide in vehicles crossing the frontier.

The migrants have been taken to a reception centre, where authorities said they will be able to apply for asylum.

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