150 migrants arrive in Spain's Canary Islands and Melilla

Seven managed to get over border barrier into enclave

13 October, 15:35

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, OCT 13 - About 150 migrants arrived over the night between Tuesday and Wednesday on boats in Spain's Canary Islands and in the Spanish enclave of Melilla after yet another attempt - only partially successful, but some did manage - by many to climb over the barrier on its border with Morocco, according to the authorities and local media.

    In the archipelago of the Canary Islands, emergency services assisted 91 people on the Gran Canaria island and another 55 on Fuerteventura, all previously sighted on makeshift boats at sea.

    Most are migrants from North Africa and sub-Saharan African countries, according to the regional emergency services. One was hospitalized.

    Around 4:30 AM, a group of migrants instead tried to get into Melilla by climbing over the barrier on the border with Morocco, according to sources from the Spanish government delegation cited by the Spanish news agency EFE.

    At least seven managed to enter the enclave.

    One member of the Spanish Civil Guard was injured during an operation by the security forces to stop the migrants, the sources added. (ANSAmed).

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