MADRID (AP) – The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local):
Fifteen adults from a group of migrants at the center of a standoff between their rescuers and the Italian government have arrived in southern Spain on board a navy ship.
The Spanish Navy’s Audaz vessel has returned to a port in Cadiz after collecting the migrants, including one woman, who are from seven different countries.
They were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea in early August by the Spanish aid group Open Arms but were blocked from disembarking by Italian authorities.
Spain, Portugal, Germany, France and Luxembourg eventually agreed to accept them and an Italian prosecutor ordered the emergency evacuation of those aboard after 19 days at sea amid worsening conditions.
Spain says the migrants have been granted a special entry authorization and will be informed of their right to apply for asylum at a temporary processing center.
Authorities in Ceuta say that around 100 migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa have successfully crossed into the Spanish enclave after jumping over fences that separate it from Morocco.
The central government’s delegation in Ceuta says that several migrants clung to the top of a 6-meter-tall (19.5 feet) fence after law enforcement officers showed up to stop them in the early hours of Friday.
The delegations says they were part of a larger group who attempted the crossing at a breakwater where the 8.2-kilometer (5-mile) double fence meets the sea.
Five Civil Guard officers have been taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
This is the first crossing attempt in Ceuta in over a year. In July, over 200 people tried to cross into Melilla, Spain’s other North African enclave.