Five illegal migrants hurt in border dash at Melilla

2nd October 2006, Comments 0 comments

2 October 2006, MELILLA — Five immigrants were injured trying to scale border fences from Morocco into Melilla, Spain's North African enclave.

2 October 2006

MELILLA — Five immigrants were injured trying to scale border fences from Morocco into Melilla, Spain's North African enclave.

Forty men tried to force their way over the  border fences early on Monday, said José Fernández Chacón, of the Melilla regional government.

The five injured men were taken for 'humanitarian reasons' to the Hospital Comarcal de Melilla, where they were said to have had minor injuries.

A second group attempted to scale the six-metre high fence but were repulsed by Moroccan police.

The incident happened at about 6.40am in an area of the border called Vaguada de Linares, near the frontier with Mariguari, according to the Civil Guard.

The border fence has not been completed in this area.

The would-be illegal immigrants used home-made ladders to try to scale the fences.

They came in three waves to try to confuse security forces.

It came on the first anniversary of the last mass dash over the border in Melilla last year when five migrants were killed after Moroccan police opened-fire.

This time, police said, no fire arms were used.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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