Melilla barrier stormed again; Spain, 4 dead in shipwreck, many missing

Some 50 migrants at dawn Wednesday tried to cross the border of Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, at the Farhana crossing, which was closed by security forces.

A number of migrants, all of sub-Saharan origin, were able to cross into Spanish territory, while a dozen are still on top of the six-meter-high protection barrier, where Guardia civil officers have been deployed, according to local police sources.

After the migrants tried to storm the barrier, a freelance reporter for the Efe and AFP news agencies, was taken to a local police station when she was found driving a few migrants on her car.

The border crossing is very close to a temporary holding center for migrants in Melilla, where those who succeeded in crossing the barrier were housed. The latest attempt to storm the barrier was reported on February 19, when 35 immigrants crossed into the autonomous city in Morocco.

Related: MADRID – The bodies of four migrants travelling on a boat that was reported missing three days ago while it was attempting to reach Lanzarote in the Canaries were found Wednesday by Moroccan rescuers off the coast of Tan-Tan in the Maghreb country, according to sources from rescue forces quoted by Cadena Ser radio. Search operations kicked off Tuesday to find the boat, which was carrying some 30 migrants, including six women and five children, including two newborns…

More on the journalist smuggling illegals at The Local.

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