Melilla: 800 repelled from Melilla border

Photo of an earlier, successful attempt in February 2014.

MADRID, DECEMBER 15 – A mass ‘assault’ on the border fences of Melilla by 800 would-be immigrants invaders was repelled at dawn today by Guardia Civil agents and Moroccan security officials, security sources at the Spanish enclave in Morocco said in a statement.

A first group of some 400 migrants invaders, at around 3 am, tried to climb the double border fence in the area of Barrio Chino but was stopped by border police.

A second group of some 200 sub-Saharan migrants invaders tried to cross the border in the area of Ferhana, followed by a third group of 200 others who, at 3.45 am, tried to jump the metal barriers in the Beni-Enzar area.

Heavy security, aided by a helicopter, prevented the migrants invaders from climbing into Spanish territory.