50 African migrants caught after Melilla fence is stormed
Spanish police have rounded up 50 migrants who forced their way across the border between Morocco and Melilla on Sunday morning.23 June 2008
MADRID - Spanish police have rounded up 50 migrants from a group of around 70 who forced their way across the border between Morocco and Spain's North African enclave of Melilla in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Civil Guard and police officers were deployed throughout the city to track down the sub-Saharans after the group stormed the Beni-Enzar border crossing shortly before 4.30am, attacking Moroccan and Spanish border guards with sticks and stones.
Many of the migrants were subsequently found hiding under cars, in garbage containers and up trees. They have been taken to a detention centre where Spanish authorities will begin deportation proceedings.
Moroccan officials said they arrested 28 people, including nine who required hospital treatment. The storming of the Melilla border comes three years after six Africans died while trying to cross the razor wire and six-meter fences that separate the enclave from Morocco.
Meanwhile, in the Canary Islands, authorities have reported an upsurge in the number of immigrant boats being intercepted trying to reach the archipelago after Mauritania lifted a moratorium on coastal fishing last week. The fishing ban had prevented people traffickers from avoiding detection by posing as fishermen.
[El Pais / Expatica]
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