Rabat - Nearly 100 African migrants attempted to cross the borderline between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla by jumping the dividing fence covered in barbwire.
Rabat – Nearly 100 African migrants attempted to cross the borderline between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla by jumping the dividing fence covered in barbwire.
The assault left one man injured in critical condition as authorities confronted the mob of migrants determined to cross into Europe, AFP citing official sources said.
The migrants stormed the fence as they entered from the Barrio Chino region.
“Clusters of homes there [in Barrio Chino] allows them to crouch and hide, making it harder for security forces to intercept them,” officials revealed.
Although Moroccan security forces at the border prevented most of the migrants from reaching the fence, 30 people managed to cling onto the metal railings.
According to a statement made by Melilla authorities, out of the 30 individuals who climbed the border fence, only two of them were able to successfully reach the Spanish territory.
One of the two men suffered serious injuries in his head as he fell off the fence on the Melilla side. The man was taken to the hospital.
Saturday’s inclement weather in the area did not make it any easier for people to climb the fence and some of them were holding on to the railings in sustained high winds.
Firemen and local police placed mattresses at the bottom to protect the lives of those who were clinging to the fences. Three other men were also taken to the Melilla hospital with small injuries after falling off.
Melilla and Ceuta, the two Spanish enclaves located in Africa’s mainland, are the only two land borders between Africa and Europe.
The cities are almost 250 miles away from each other and security at the borderline has been strengthened as both Moroccan and Spanish forces protect the borders.
According to Melilla authorities, despite the several attempts have been made by African migrants storming the Morocco-Melilla border in 2015, only 100 people have successfully crossed over to Europe.
In 2014, before security was raised, more than 2,000 refugees made their way into Melilla through the same border.
Morocco does not recognize Spanish sovereignty over the two enclaves and consider them as part a territorial dispute between Rabat and Madrid.