EU asked to help after 150 migrants enter Melilla enclave

Spanish gov't delegate requests border control assistance

17 February, 18:20

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, DECEMBER 17 - About 150 migrants of Sub-Saharan origins entered the Spanish enclave Melilla in North Africa on Monday morning. The enclave was besieged in mass by migrants (mostly from Cameroon) along the border with Morocco by about 250 of them in the area known as Villa Pajares, sources from the government delegation have confirmed. The coordinated assault at about 6:30 AM enabled the migrants to get past Moroccan and Spanish security forces, those of the Civil Guard and the helicopter used for border patrol. Sources say that five migrants were injured and treated by the local hospital. The government delegate in Melilla, Abdelmalik El Barkani, has announced that a bilateral summit will be held in the coming hours with the heads of the security forces of the two Spanish enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla.

    He has also asked the European Union to step up assistance for border control on Europe's southern edges. (ANSAmed).

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