Tourists Shocked As Migrants Land On Packed Spanish Beach On Boat And Run
Shocked beach-goers recorded the moment dozens of migrants landed in Spain, reportedly arriving from Africa.
In the footage around 50 migrants - most of whom are reported to be men - can be seen jumping from their boat as it nears the beach and running onto the sand.
Photos and videos of the incident were shared on social media, with one clip showing crowds of people surrounded a female migrant who appears to be injured - tourists and holidaymakers look on in surprise as the people begin to gather on the beach.
The extraordinary scenes were captured yesterday in Zahora in the province of Cadiz, near to the headland of Cape Trafalga.
There was a similar occurrence the day before, involving dozens of migrants arriving at a beach in Tarifa, east of Zahora, however, the boats arrived when the beach was much quieter.
According to witnesses, the migrants began asking people for food and water after arriving.
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Lorenzo Amor, president of Spain's National Federation of Self-Employed Workers who was on the beach at the time, tweeted: "Arrival of a new patera on the coast of Cadiz.
"Right now at Zahora beach next to the Trafalgar lighthouse.
"The people inside the boat asking sunbathers who are on the beach for food."
The woman who was injured is reported to be the only person who needed medical attention, after complaining of a sore arm, however, she is not thought to be seriously hurt.
The International Organisation for Migration has said soon the number of migrants and refugees reaching Spain through the western-Mediterranean route could top last year's figure - with 20,992 recorded by IOM between January and July this year, compared to 22,108 for the whole of 2017.
Yesterday, coastguards said they had rescued 284 people in more than a dozen boats in the Straits of Bibralta, with officials in Andalucia saying a hall in the norther port of Algeciras had been set aside - offering room for 800 migrants. The town hall said it would be providing milk, water, juice and biscuits.
Spain's Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlaska called the the situation on Saturday 'exceptional', but has said it is under control and is calling on a 'European solution' for a European problem.
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