150 Africans try to storm Spanish enclave

11th November 2008, Comments 0 comments

The incident on Sunday was the fifth attempt by would-be immigrants since part of the border fence collapsed on 26 October.

11 November 2008

MELILLA - Up to 150 African would-be immigrants tried to storm the frontier of Spain's North African enclave of Melilla overnight in an attempt to get into Europe, police said Monday.

The migrants who threw stones and tried to tear down the gate of the Beni Enzar border post were stopped by the riot police. The Moroccan police helped to disperse the migrants. Several Spanish police officers were reported as slightly injured.

Sunday’s attempt was the fifth by would-be immigrants to enter Melilla since rains caused part of the border fence to collapse on 26 October.

In the autumn of 2005, 14 migrants were killed during repeated attempts by thousands of people to storm the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta on the Moroccan coast.

Thousands of African undocumented immigrants arrived in Spain annually. Most of them use routes leading from the West African coast to the Canary Islands.

[dpa / Expatica]

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