Spain-Melilla Border Entry Doubles

“Illegal Spain-Meililla border entry bids double,” from AFP:

The number of people who have tried to illegally cross the border that separates the Spanish territory of Melilla from Morocco has nearly doubled this year but most fail to make it over, the interior ministry said Monday.

About 3,000 migrants tried to scale the border fence that surrounds Melilla, an autonomous Spanish city that borders northern Morocco, between January 1 and September 17, compared to 1,610 during the same period last year, the ministry said in a statement.

But nearly four-fifths, 77.3 percent, were prevented from entering the territory by Spanish and Moroccan security forces, the ministry added…

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