Saturday, January 3, 2015

Hundreds of Illegal Immigrants Thwarted in Bid to Storm Spain-Morocco Border


MELILLA, Spain – Spanish and Moroccan security forces early Friday turned back some 700 migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa that were attempting to storm the border fences between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, police told Efe.

The sources said that security forces spotted two groups – 200 people in one group and 500 in the other – moving into position overnight preparing to scale or breach the barbed-wire fences.

Spanish Civil Guards, in collaboration with the Moroccan border patrol agents and Spanish Army helicopters, prevented the massive influx of migrants from entering the city.

In 2014, Melilla recorded 70 attempts by undocumented migrants to break through the border with Morocco.

In those attempts, around 2,200 migrants managed to enter the enclave, with the vast majority of them expected to travel on to the Spanish mainland and Europe.


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