At least 200 migrants have been taken to a temporary shelter in Melilla this morning after they successfully reached Spanish territory when they stormed a border fence shortly after dawn.
More than 300 would-be immigrants had tried to cross the barrier fence that separates the Spanish exclave with Morocco, according to police sources. It the latest in a series of massive charges that has taken place at the two Spanish cities on the North African coast over the past weeks.
Today’s attempt took place in a fenced area at the crossing in Arroyo de Beni-Enzar. While security forces dealt with the situation, the central government delegate reported that another group tried to enter through the nearby road crossing, which had to be closed off for a short period.
Firefighters had to rescue one sub-Saharan who climbed onto the roof of a control tower.
Some needed medical attention
Some of the 200 that made it through were given medical attention after suffering cuts on their feet and hands when they climbed the fence. Most of the migrants said that they came from Cameroon and Guinea. As they were taken to the temporary shelter, some shouted with joy that they had successfully reached Spanish territory.