MADRID – The Spanish government says several hundred African migrants staged multiple attempts to scale the border fences separating enter Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco, with some 60 managing to get across.
The Interior Ministry said the simultaneous border rushes started around 7 p.m. (0500 GMT) Monday at different points along the border fence that stretches around the city, thus foiling the ability of Moroccan and Spanish police to repel all the migrants.
The 60 migrants who managed to avoid police interception headed for city's temporary migrant accommodation center. Police eventually repatriate the migrants or let them go.
Thousands of African immigrants living illegally in Morocco try to enter Spain's enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta each year in a bid to reach Europe.