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Isla Perejil

Isla Perejil (Parsley Island, Arabic: Leila ("night")) is a small, rocky island in the Mediterranean Sea, just off the coast of Morocco. It has been under Spanish control since 1668, but it is claimed by Morocco.

It was occupied in July 2002 by Moroccan police and troops, who were evicted without bloodshed by Spanish naval forces. On July 20, 2002, Spain agreed to withdraw its troops from the island.

Isla Perejil has no permanent human population. Goats are pastured there, and the Moroccan government expressed worries that smugglers and terrorists were using the island.

Mercator projection: public domain Online Map Creation (http://www.aquarius.geomar.de/omc/)

see also: Ceuta, Melilla

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