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Video shows migrants fleeing boat landing on Spanish resort beach
August 10, 2017 / 12:10 PM / 9 days ago

Video shows migrants fleeing boat landing on Spanish resort beach

MADRID (Reuters) - A dinghy carrying dozens of migrants landed on Wednesday in the middle of a beach full of holiday makers in Zahara de los Atunes on the coast of Andalusia, southern Spain.

The dinghy landed at the Playa de los Alemanes beach at around 2 p.m. local time after crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, local media reported. Footage on social media showed the boat landing and the migrants jumping out and running up the beach.

The dinghy's point of departure was not known and there was no immediate comment from police.

Due to good weather conditions, Spain has seen an increase in attempts by migrants to reach its shores over the past few weeks.

Over 100,000 migrants reached Europe from North Africa and the Middle East from January to June, the overwhelming majority coming by sea, according to the International Organization of Migration. Overall numbers have fallen by almost 60 percent from the same period the previous year.

Writing by Mark Hanrahan in London; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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