200 sub-Saharan migrants try to storm Melilla, pushed back

Many Syrians in Spanish enclave

01 October, 17:03

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, OCTOBER 1 - About 200 migrants of sub-Saharan origins on Wednesday tried to climb over the border fence of Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, but were pushed back by the Guardia Civil and the Moroccan gendarme. The attempt to cross into the enclave, according to the Melilla prefect's office, occurred around 8 AM when - taking advantage of the rain and bad weather - about 200 migrants climbed onto the double metallic barrier to cross into Spanish territory but were stopped by border guards with assistance from a helicopter. The Guardia Civil seized a 35-centimeter knife from one of the migrants. Sources say that some 16,000 migrants have tried to enter Melilla via land since the beginning of the year and that 1,900 have succeeded. The overall number of undocumented migrants that have entered the autonomous city is around 4,000, with a high number of Syrian refugees among them. (ANSAmed).

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