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In pictures: Guardia Civil patrol
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Boatloads of African immigrants are continuing to risk an ocean crossing in a bid to reach the Canary Islands.

A European-led operation is under way along the coast of Africa to prevent the crossings.

But the Spanish Guardia Civil and Coastguard patrols based in the Canaries have the difficult task of tracking down the boats that slip through the net.

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