An African migrant died yesterday (Sunday) and three others suffered injuries when around 300 stormed the border gate separating Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla.
200 of the charging migrants successfully scaled the seven-metre-tall metal barriers dividing the territories, these barriers are tipped in places with razor sharp wires according to the U.N refugee agency UNHCR.
Those successful were taken to a reception centre in Melilla where they were registered.
One of the migrants died of an alleged cardio-respiratory after making it past the border patrol.
The Spanish government claim emergency services in Melilla did all they could to save the man’s life.
The total for migrants that have successfully slipped into the Spanish enclave of Melilla now stands at more than 6,000 in 2018.
Reports suggest that some of the migrants from yesterday’s border charge wore special shoes, fitted with spikes, in order to climb the border fences.
Spain continues to be Europe’s number one destination for migrants with more than 40,000 migrants arriving to the Spanish mainland this year.
The vast majority of migrant arrivals to Spain have been men, with a large proportion from Guinea, Mali and Morocco, according to the UNHCR.
Spain’s stance on yesterday’s border storming is yet to be seen. However, this summer Spain reacted to a similar situation in Ceuta when 116 migrants climbed the border and were forcedly sent back to Morocco using the 1992 territory pact which exists between the two nations.
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