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World Spain. More than 200 migrants entered the Melilla enclave north of Morocco

12:52  22 july  2021
12:52  22 july  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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MADRID, July 22 (Reuters) - More than 200 migrants crossed into Spain 's North African enclave of Melilla early on Thursday, climbing the high fence that separates it from Morocco , local authorities said. Three police officers were slightly injured, the statement added. Melilla and Ceuta - a second Spanish enclave also on Africa's Mediterranean coast - are popular crossing points for African migrants seeking to enter Europe illegally. Around 8,000 people swam into Ceuta or clambered over the border fence in May after Moroccan authorities appeared to loosen controls for a couple of days

Spain 's Ceuta and Melilla enclaves have become magnets for African migrants . Spanish troops have been deployed to the beach to help border police at Ceuta's main entry point - Tarajal, on the enclave 's south side. Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said 200 troops, plus 200 extra police were going to assist Ceuta's At the other enclave , Melilla , 86 sub-Saharan Africans entered on Tuesday via its southern jetty, which marks the border with Morocco . Melilla has a formidable border fence, and several hundred more migrants were blocked by security forces, Spain 's Efe news agency reports.

L’enclave espagnole de Melilla se trouve au nord du Maroc. © Google Maps screenshot The Spanish enclave of Melilla is north of Morocco.

More than 200 migrants joined the Spanish enclave of Melilla, north of Morocco, Thursday, July 22. According to local authorities, it is one of the most massive arrivals in recent years.

more than 200 migrant s from sub-Saharan Africa managed Thursday morning to cross the high fence marking the border between Melilla and the Morocco and to enter the Enclave Spanish , one of the most In recent years, the Spanish authorities have indicated.

In total, more than 300 people tried to climb the fence, with "hooks", shortly before 7 am, and 238 men managed to enter Spain, just over two months after a unprecedented migratory wave and a major diplomatic crisis between Rabat and Madrid.

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Madrid (AFP) - More than 200 African migrants stormed over a high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Saturday, officials said, leaving some of them and a police officer injured. A total of 209 people from sub-Saharan Africa seeking to get to Europe forced their way across the fence in the afternoon, the central government's representative office in Melilla said in a statement. The police officer who was injured was "attacked by an immigrant with one of the hooks they use to clamber up the fence" as he tried to stop them, the statement said, adding the implement cut

More than 6,000 people, an estimated 1,500 of them children, have crossed into Spain ’s northern African enclave of Ceuta since Monday, in an unprecedented influx that left Spanish officials scrambling to cope with a humanitarian and diplomatic crisis at its border with Morocco . Ceuta, along with nearby Melilla , has long been a destination for people from countries in Africa hoping to cross into Europe, despite being heavily protected and fortified with a double fence. The mass crossing into Ceuta came amid heightened tensions between Madrid and Rabat over Spain ’s decision to allow a Western

Three slightly injured police officers

three police officers were slightly injured and migrants were transferred to a residence center, where they will remain in quarantine because of the health situation, says a statement from Melilla Prefecture.

This intrusion occurs a little over two months after a unprecedented migratory wave in the other Spanish enclave located in the north of Morocco, Ceuta, which had been submerged in mid-May by the sudden arrival of more than 10,000 migrants, In large majority, young and Moroccan teenagers.

This exceptional migratory wave had taken place in a major diplomatic crisis between Madrid and Rabat, provoked by the reception in Spain, to be treated, from the head of the Sahrawi independence of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, an enemy juror of Rabat.

Mr. Ghali left Spain in early June for Algeria, but the relationship between Madrid and Rabat remain tense.

Melilla and Ceuta, only land borders of the European Union with Africa, are submitted for years to strong migration pressure.

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