Muslims of the Spanish cities of Cueta and Melilla are caught in the crossfire between Moroccan and Spanish political tangles over the towns. While both countries have strengthened relations in the past few years and cooperate on a number of issues including drug-trafficking and terrorism, tempers frequently flare over Cueta and Melilla – a pair of cities on the Mediterranean shore of Morocco that has been held by Spain for more than four centuries. Today, many of the residents find themselves torn between cultures and affinities, while the inhabitants of these two cities are predominantly Muslim. Although Cueta’s government provides funding for Islamic institutions, resentment among the growing Muslim population is growing, and could translate into wavering support and political affinities.
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