Spain evicts illegal migrants from tiny island

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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2005 file photo African immigrants wait in a forest near the razor wire fences separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Melilla in north Africa on the Moroccan side of the Rostrogordo border in Morocco. Spain says 160 migrants rushed fences guarding one of its north African enclaves on Monday Sept. 3, 2012 and the county’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo raised concerns more may swarm to Spanish islands just off Morocco’s northern coast. Migrants tried to breach two sections of fences that act as a border between Melilla and Morocco early Monday, with about 10 succeeding in entering Spanish territory, officials said. Some 70 illegal immigrants reached the tiny uninhabited island of Isla de Tierra off Morocco, joining another 19 who reached the archipelago last Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2005 file photo African immigrants wait in a forest near the razor wire fences …

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say police have evicted more than 80 illegal migrants that had occupied a tiny island off Africa's Mediterranean coast.

Abdelmalik El Barkani, the Interior Ministry's representative on Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, said the eviction, which began in the early hours of Tuesday morning, had been "peaceful."

El Barkani said 73 people were handed over to Moroccan authorities, while two women and eight children were taken to Spain to receive hospital care.

Many migrants from Africa try dangerous crossings to reach Spanish territory illegally in the hope of gaining work and forging a better life.

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