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Spotlight - HRW censures Spain over abusive treatment of immigrants (P.2)

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Human Rights Watch has called on Spain and Morocco to end "abusive treatment of sub-Saharan immigrants" after nine people recently drowned trying to reach Spain's North African territory of Ceuta. The rights organization criticized Spanish security forces for using "excessive force when they summarily expel migrants" from their territories of Ceuta and Melilla, Europe's only land borders with Africa. On February 6, nine immigrants died while trying to swim to Spain's Ceuta from the nearby Moroccan town of Fnideq. Human Rights Watch called for a probe into allegations that police fired into the sea where the immigrants were swimming, as both Moroccan and Spanish security forces tried to prevent the migrants from reaching Ceuta. Spanish authorities say the migrants were not targeted directly, arguing that civil guards in Ceuta only fired rubber bullets into the air to ward them off.