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Spain: 800 migrants storm North African border fence; 2nd attempt in 2 days

In this photo taken on October 22, 2014, a golfer hits a  shot as sub-Saharan migrants sit atop of a fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla during an attempt to cross into Spanish territory in Melilla. (AP Photo/Jose Palazon)

In this photo taken on October 22, 2014, a golfer hits a shot as sub-Saharan migrants sit atop of a fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla during an attempt to cross into Spanish territory in Melilla. (AP Photo/Jose Palazon)  (The Associated Press)

Spain says 800 African migrants have tried to storm the border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco in the second such attempt in two days.

The Interior Ministry said police repelled most but 54 migrants managed to make it across Wednesday. Spanish National Television showed the migrants celebrating the feat.

The ministry said two police officers were treated for unspecified injuries during the melee.

Thousands of African migrants living illegally in Morocco try to enter the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta each year, hoping to reach a better life in Europe.

On Tuesday, 200 migrants stormed the six-meter (20-foot) high fences, with 102 getting across.