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Some 350 migrants jump to Spain from Morocco for the second day


(Update with new figures) Melilla (Spain), March 3 Some 350 immigrants managed, early this Thursday, to jump the border fence of the Spanish city of Melilla with Morocco, one day after another 491 people managed to enter through the same method to this North African city. As Efe was able to verify, this attempt was carried out by a very large group and several migrants remained perched on the upper area of ​​the fence in the face of the important deployment of security on both sides of the perimeter, both by Morocco and Spain. Those who entered Melilla ran to the Temporary Stay Center for Immigrants (CETI), where they are welcomed. As reported by the Government Delegation in Melilla, at dawn the Civil Guard observed some 1,200 people approaching the border fence, so the anti-intrusion device was activated, and after overcoming the Moroccan security forces, the jump began to the border fence. The Spanish agents, Civil Guard, National and Local Police, prevented a significant part of the group from accessing Melilla and only about 350 people managed to do so. According to the Government Delegation, the migrants used “extreme violence” against the security forces and as a result, four members of the Civil Guard were injured. This entry occurs after yesterday’s historic jump over the fence, in which 2,500 sub-Saharans participated and managed to enter Melilla 491. Sources consulted by Efe indicated that thousands of sub-Saharans – around 4,000 according to some sources – are in the Moroccan mount Gurugú waiting to be able to jump the border fence and enter Melilla. Both in this city and in Ceuta, also on the border with Morocco, thousands of people from the sub-Saharan region are concentrated trying to reach Europe, and sometimes they gather in large groups to try to jump the border fence and access Spanish soil, as the first step to then reach the European continent. According to the latest data from the Ministry of the Interior, the arrival of irregular immigrants in Spain increased by 73.2% compared to the same period of the previous year, totaling 7,319 people, most of them did so by sea, only a small part did so by land, through Ceuta and Melilla. EFE pst-so/vg/mcm/ma/alf (photo) (video)




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