700 migrants fail bid to enter Spanish enclave

2014-03-04 14:01
Sub-Saharan migrants climb over a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, as a Red Cross worker is on-hand to offer humanitarian assistance. (File, AP)

Sub-Saharan migrants climb over a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, as a Red Cross worker is on-hand to offer humanitarian assistance. (File, AP)

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Madrid - Officials say some 700 sub-Saharan African migrants have attempted to cross into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from Morocco but were turned back by Moroccan forces.

An Interior Ministry spokesperson in Ceuta said the migrants attempted to force their way across twice early on Tuesday.

It was the first major attempt to cross into Ceuta since at least 15 migrants drowned when dozens tried to enter the city by sea on 6 Febrary.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with ministry regulations.

The Moroccan Interior Ministry confirmed its forces stopped the 700 migrants.

Thousands of migrants seeking a better life in Europe are living illegally in Morocco and try to enter Ceuta and Spain's other Mediterranean coastal enclave, Melilla.


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