Not less than 130 migrants cross into Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco
Spanish authorities say round 2,000 folks tried to cross from Morocco to the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Friday.
Not less than 130 migrants efficiently breached the border, a spokesperson for the federal government delegation has confirmed.
It’s the first mass crossing try since Spain and Morocco mended diplomatic relations final month.
Authorities had been anticipating a mass crossing try in latest days after tons of of sub-Saharan migrants gathered within the mountainous area.
Many migrants had been stopped by Spanish Civil Guard police and Moroccan forces on the opposite facet of a border fence on Friday morning. A number of migrants and law enforcement officials had been barely injured, the spokesperson added.
Those that succeeded in crossing had been taken to a neighborhood migrant centre to judge their circumstances.
Spain usually depends on Morocco to implement the border to discourage migrants from reaching Europe.
Over two days in March, greater than 3,500 folks tried to scale the six-metre-high barrier that surrounds Melilla. Practically 1,000 efficiently crossed into the North African metropolis, in accordance with Spanish authorities.
Final yr, Morocco had loosened its controls round Ceuta, one other Spanish enclave, as tensions heightened between the 2 nations.
The transfer was seen as retaliation after Spain allowed the chief of Western Sahara’s pro-independence motion to be handled for COVID-19 at a Spanish hospital.
However relations improved this yr when Spain backed Morocco’s plan to grant extra autonomy to Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony annexed by Morocco in 1976.