More than 200 migrants cross from Morocco to Melilla in Spain

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Authorities in the autonomous city of Melilla in Spain said on Thursday that 238 African men had… North African Spanish enclave after climbing fences separating it from Morocco.

Sub-Saharan migrants fleeing poverty or violence regularly attempt to cross the 12-kilometer border in Melilla and in Spain’s other enclave on the North African coast, Ceuta, as a stepping stone to the European continent. to achieve. The migrants often try to cross in large groups to surprise police officers on both sides of the fences.

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In one of the biggest attempts in recent months, more than 300 Sub-Saharan men attempted to cross the road early Thursday morning, according to a statement from Spain’s government delegation in Melilla, a city of 84,000.

It said the migrants were wearing hooks to climb over the fences and that two of the three Spanish Guardia Civil officers suffered minor injuries when they tried to stop the migrants.

The 238 who succeeded were taken to a migrant processing center where they must self-isolate to prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus.

They usually stay there until the authorities can find out if they can be returned to their country or are eligible to stay in Spain.

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