AROUND 300 migrants have been repelled trying to climb the fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
Two groups rushed the fence on Tuesday morning but were held back by Moroccan police, according to the local authorities. A Spanish government spokesman said there were currently around 2,000 African migrants waiting near the border, hoping to be able to enter Ceuta and therefore European territory.
The latest attempt at a border crossing by African migrants follows an outcry from human rights groups when a video filmed in October allegedly showed a Spanish police officer beating a migrant in Melilla, Spain’s other North African enclave.
Due to repeated attempted border crossings – both successful and unsuccessful – Spain has appealed to the European Union for more help to cope with the pressures on its borders.