Immigration: 800 repelled from Melilla border

In three groups, trying to climb border fence Morocco-Spain

15 December, 13:29

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, DECEMBER 15 - A mass 'assault' on the border fences of Melilla by 800 would-be immigrants was repelled at dawn today by Guardia Civil agents and Moroccan security officials, security sources at the Spanish enclave in Morocco said in a statement.

    A first group of some 400 migrants, at around 3 am, tried to climb the double border fence in the area of Barrio Chino but was stopped by border police.

    A second group of some 200 sub-Saharan migrants tried to cross the border in the area of Ferhana, followed by a third group of 200 others who, at 3.45 am, tried to jump the metal barriers in the Beni-Enzar area.

    Heavy security, aided by a helicopter, prevented the migrants from climb into Spanish territory. (ANSAmed).

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