Migrants scale Spain’s border fence at Melilla

Ten African migrants managed to scale the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla in broad daylight Friday, a day after 500 tried to storm the barrier.

Migrants scale Spain's border fence at Melilla
Photo: Jose Colon/AFP

There have been more than 60 attempts on the seven-metre (23-foot) high fence around the tiny Spanish outpost this year, mostly at night, according to officials.

"Around 16 migrants tried to get over the fence in the northern zone and 10 succeeded," a spokeswoman for Melilla's prefect said, before they were taken to a immigration centre.

Around 500 migrants, organised into small groups, tried to approach the heavily-guarded frontier on Thursday but were pushed back by Moroccan police.

As many as 15,000 migrants have tried to get into the Spanish enclave since the beginning of the year, with 2,000 succeeding, officials said.

The two Spanish-governed enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla are Europe's only land borders with Africa.

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