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20 injured as migrants fight near Spain border

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20 injured as migrants fight near Spain border
Spanish Guardia Civil police surround would-be immigrants who tried to scale a boarder fence separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of city of Melilla on June 18th. Photo: José Colon/AFP
08:44 CEST+02:00
Fighting between African migrants in Morocco near the Spanish enclave of Melilla left at least 20 people injured on Sunday, local authorities said.

The unrest broke out in Gourougou forest overlooking the enclave where migrants gather waiting for a chance to sneak into Melilla as a passage to Europe.

The fighting between migrants from Mali and Cameroon left 20 people in need of hospital treatment, local authorities said, quoted by Morocco's MAP news agency.

Melilla is one of two Spanish-held cities on the northern coast of Africa, along with Ceuta to the east. The number of Africans trying to cross into them has surged over recent months.

On May 28th, about 500 African migrants climbed over the seven-metre (23-foot) triple-layer border fence into Melilla — one of the biggest breaches in nearly a decade.

In February, 15 migrants are believed to have drowned in Moroccan waters while trying to swim to Ceuta from a nearby beach.

Spain has asked for more money from the European Union to secure its borders. Officials say the immigrant reception centre in Melilla is highly overcrowded.

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