A picture taken on June 22, 2016, shows Penon de Velez de la Gomera, a peninsula within Spanish territory, off the coast of Morocco's Al-Hoceima national park. AFP / Mustafa EL HASSOUNI
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BADES MOROCCO: It's one of the shortest land borders in the world: a few dozen meters of plastic cord across a sandbank separate Morocco from the tiny Spanish enclave of Penon de Velez de la Gomera.Penon de Velez de la Gomera is one of seven Spanish enclaves on the northern coast of Morocco, which claims sovereignty over all of them.A string of islets remain under Spanish control, including several occupied by Spanish forces.Aharouch sat on a plastic chair outside his fisherman's hut in the hamlet of Bades, a stone's throw from the Spanish base.The Spanish peninsula, 87 meters at its highest point, dominates the bay, an enchanting cove of blue waters hemmed in by rocky slopes.In August 2012, a group of Moroccan activists climbed onto the rock, and were chased away by Spanish soldiers.But since the Perejil crisis, residents say they have had almost no contact with Spanish forces.
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