Authorities in Melilla, a Spanish city located near the Moroccan coast, have said that close to 200 migrants have tried to scale a security barrier which separates the European country’s north African enclave from Morocco.
A representative at the Spanish government’s local Melilla office of reported on Friday that six Spanish security forces were injured while one migrant suffered a fractured leg during the incident where about 50 migrants managed to scale the barrier that surrounds the coastal city, the Associated Press reports.
The Spanish and Moroccan border guards managed to repel other 150 migrants who attempted to break through.
The migrants who managed to reach Spanish territory were immediately taken to a holding center, where they can ask for asylum while authorities begin proceedings to send them back to their countries of origin.
In 2018, since Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini closed the ports of Italy to NGO human traffickers, Spain has become the leading point of entry for illegal migrants to Europe.
According to the European Union’s border agency, around 57,000 unauthorized border crossings were detected in Spain, double the figure for 2017.
Just two months ago, 52 migrants were able to scale the barrier in Melilla in another attempt to reach Spanish soil.
On Friday, the Spanish government announced that it would allocate 30 million euros to assist Morocco’s efforts to stop illegal migration.
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