1500 African migrants storm border fence in Spain
June 1, 2014
Sub-Saharan migrants scale a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, early in the morning on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
Fifteen hundred to African migrants charged the barbed-wire border fence in Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla with many managing to get across while dozens of others were beaten back by Moroccan and Spanish police.
During the pre-dawn border storming Wednesday, cries of pain and noises of people being hit could be heard as police from both sides tried to prevent dozens of the sub-Saharan migrants from entering the city from Morocco.
Many of those making the dangerous journey come from Eritrea and Somalia.
Some 400 migrants – from sub-Saharan African countries – are thought to have successfully scaled the fence, which divides Africa from Europe.
Melilla is a major crossing point for those seeking work or asylum in Europe.
On numerous occasions in recent months, large groups have attempted to storm the 6m-high (19ft) border fence.
Together with a second Spanish enclave, Ceuta, Melilla is the European Union’s only land border with Africa.