Hundreds of Migrants Get Past Spain’s Melilla Enclave Borders

Hundreds of migrants and refugees attempted to scale fences separating Melilla, Spain’s overseas enclave, from Morocco on Thursday, according to the government of Melilla.

Authorities said that more than 300 migrants attempted to scale the six-meter (20 foot) barrier early on Thursday morning but only 238 men made it to the territory.

They utilized “hooks” to scale the barrier, which they were able to do despite the border fence being fitted with “anti-intrusion” devices, which it did not specify.

The migrants were taken to a reception center where they will be quarantined in line with anti-COVID safety procedures.

Migrants and refugees are usually housed in such facilities until authorities can determine whether they can be returned to their home countries or if they are eligible to remain in Spain.

At least 20 people were injured including three police officers when they tried to stop them from making the crossing.

It is the third time people managed to jump the fence in Melilla in two weeks. In the first half of 2021, nearly 15,000 people illegally crossed into Spain.

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