150 migrants try to cross Melilla border fence

87 managed to enter Spain from Morocco

19 January, 17:19

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, JANUARY 19 - About 150 migrants tried Tuesday to cross the high fence separating the Spanish enclave of Melilla from northern Morocco.

    The incident occurred just before dawn, according to the Melilla prefect's office.

    Some 87 managed to cross into Spain despite an intervention by the Moroccan and Spanish security forces, a spokesman for the prefect's office said.

    Nine migrants were injured and taken to hospital, while the others were registered in a migrant reception center.

    Tuesday's attempt was by the largest number of migrants since August 20, when there had been 300 but only 30 managed to cross and one migrant died.

    Since January 1, 60 people have crossed the border illegally into Melilla and 70 others managed to enter Ceuta, another Spanish enclave in northern Morocco, according to Spanish interior ministry figures.

    Melilla and Ceuta have the only land borders of the European Union with Africa. They are entrance points favoured by African migrants wanting to get to Europe. The migrants arrive either by climbing over the border fence or by swimming along the coast.

    The border posts between Morocco and the two enclaves have been closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March.(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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