Immigration: Spain, border stormed by 400 in Melilla

35 migrants manage to break through

10 February, 11:46

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, FEBRUARY 10 - A group of 35 sub-Saharan migrants were able to cross the border into Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, at dawn on Tuesday after repeated attempts overnight to storm the barrier at the border by an estimated 400 migrants.

    According to local security sources, the migrants that were able to enter have reached the local migrant holding center (Ceti) in the autonomous city, while 20 other sub-Saharans have been clinging for hours to the barrier at the border, in the area of Barrio Chino, the border crossing used by Moroccan workers to reach the Spanish enclave, which has been shut down.

    Three of the immigrants who reached the holding center are being treated in hospital over injuries reported when they stormed the barrier.

    Pressure on the autonomous city has increased over the past few days after the Moroccan government announced that camping sites near Ceuta and Melilla will be dismantled. The camping sites are used by migrants to wait for the best moment to storm the barrier and cross into Spanish territory.(ANSAmed).

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