African migrants storm Spanish fence

2014-01-20 20:28
The security fence that separates Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla in Spain. (Jose Colon, AP)

The security fence that separates Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla in Spain. (Jose Colon, AP)

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Madrid - Authorities say some 250 mostly sub-Saharan migrants have made a joint attempt to scale fences into Spain's northwest African enclave city of Melilla, with about 50 making it over the barbed wire and onto European soil.

Melilla authorities said in a statement that three migrants were hurt on Monday as they tried to scale the metal fence, which is 6m high and 10km long.

Melilla is surrounded by Morocco and the Mediterranean. Migrants hoping to get to Europe camp on the Moroccan side, with several thousand trying each year to enter Melilla.

In a separate incident on Monday, officials said 13 migrants tried to reach Melilla in an inflatable boat. When police intercepted them, they jumped into the sea. One drowned but the others were rescued.

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