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    200 sub-Saharan Migrants Breach Border Fence to Enter Melilla

    08 Jan 2018

    Around 200 sub-Saharan migrants managed to breach the double fence border that separates Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Saturday.

    According to British news outlet The Guardian, four sub-Saharans were injured as they attempted to cross the six-meter fence. A migrant attacked a police officer, who tried to stop him, causing him an injury to the ear.

    The migrants were taken to a detention center, reported the British news outlet.

    In 2017, 2,252 migrants forced their way into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, while 2,000 of them were able to cross to Europe. In terms of nationality, 1,605 are sub-Saharan migrants, 512 are Algerians and 126 are from other nationalities.

    February and August saw the largest influx into the city.

    On February 17, 2017, 500 migrants forced the fence separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. During this attempt, 11 Civil Guards and 25 migrants were injured. Three days later, 300 migrants staged another attempt and managed to enter the city. Last August, 260 migrants were able to make their way to Ceuta.

    During Christmas and New Year holidays, Moroccan authorities aborted the attempts of many sub-Saharan migrants to force Ceuta’s wire fence.

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