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Friday 29 August 2014

Migrants storm Spain border fence

Published 28/02/2014 | 11:17

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Migrants queue up inside a holding centre after climbing a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla (AP)
Migrants wait inside a holding centre after climbing a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla (AP)

More than 200 migrants have stormed a six-metre (20ft)-high barbed wire border fence to enter Spain's northwest African enclave of Melilla from Morocco - the second such crossing in a week.

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Carlos Montero, who runs a temporary accommodation centre for migrants, said that the incident happened today.

He told Spanish National Radio the centre, which was intended to house 500, now has 1,300 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa.

Melilla is surrounded by Morocco and the Mediterranean Sea. Migrants trying to get to Europe camp on the Moroccan side, waiting for the chance to scale the fence. Thousands try each year to enter the city and Spain's other coastal enclave, Ceuta.

On February 6, at least 15 migrants drowned while trying to enter Ceuta by sea.

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