Nearly 120 immigrants stormed the border fence that divides the Spanish city of Melilla with Morocco, resulting in five police officers being injured.
This North-African enclave city has a triple fence, over six meters high, around the land border but even so desperate illegal immigrants manage to climb over all three, thanks to their numbers in most attempts.
The group that hit the outer, border fence comprised of 200 immigrants at about 04.30h on Monday morning. Both the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Moroccan police mobilized to counter the breach. Despite their combined efforts 119, all males, managed to make it to the Spanish side
One of the immigrants suffered lacerations from the wire and had to be taken to the hospital, whilst five Guardia Civil officers were slightly injured with one of them now off sick.
The remaining 118 illegal immigrants were transferred to the city’s provisional, immigrant, holding facilities (CETI) whilst they are processed in order to be sent back.
They are also undergoing quarantine in case any of them are infected with the Covid virus.
Editorial comment: Spain should come to the conclusion that holding onto two cities on the North African Coast as some sort of imperial relic is only bringing greater headaches as migration grows.
Give each resident with a Spanish passport a suitable large amount of money to move to the Spanish mainland and hand the cities over to Morocco, who could contribute financially to such an arrangement. It won’t end illegal immigrants arriving but it will eliminate two badly hinged doorways to Spain.
(News: Melilla, North Africa)