Twenty-one new migrants make it to Melilla

At the border fence between the Spanish enclave of Melilla and Morocco

In a new mass rush to Melilla, 21 African migrants succeeded in entering Melilla from Morocco. Around one hundred Africans stormed the fence on Thursday night, reported the Spanish news agency efe, citing the Interior Ministry in Madrid.

In the attempt, about 50 climbed to the roof of the border inspection post. Clashes with police left several migrants slightly injured.

The mass stormings on the Spanish North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla have increased significantly in recent months. The largest was registered on 18 March, when some 500 Africans were able to overcome the border fortifications in Melilla. The government in Madrid since then has announced an expansion of border security.

The two Spanish territories on the African Mediterranean coast are claimed by Morocco. In the vicinity of the enclaves in Moroccan live tens of thousands of destitute Africans from sub-Saharan Africa in camps, waiting for an opportunity to get to Europe.  According to various estimates there are 30,000-80,000 of them. (in German)