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Migrants storm Spanish border fence in Africa

February 17, 2014
Associated Press

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish official says about 200 sub-Saharan migrants stormed a barbed-wire border fence along Spain's northwest African enclave of Melilla, with about 50 of them making it over.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry's office in Melilla said the melee began early Monday.

The Spanish city of Melilla lies on the African continent, surrounded by Morocco and the Mediterranean Sea. Migrants hoping to get to Europe camp on the Moroccan side, with several thousand trying each year to enter the city and Spain's other coastal enclave of Ceuta.

At least 14 migrants drowned in Moroccan waters Feb. 6 while trying to enter Ceuta by sea after several hundred tried to storm the enclave's border by land.

It's estimated that up to 25,000 sub-Saharans looking to reach Europe are in Morocco.

 
 

 

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