Crossings come months after different Spanish enclave of Ceuta witnessed inflow of arrivals amid Madrid-Rabat dispute.
Greater than 200 migrants and refugees have crossed into Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla after climbing the excessive fence that separates it from Morocco, in keeping with native authorities.
In whole, greater than 300 migrants tried to scale the six-metre (20 foot) barrier early on Thursday morning, the authorities stated in an announcement.
The 238 who made it into the territory had been all males.
Three cops had been barely injured after they tried to cease them from making the crossing, the assertion added.
Those that entered Melilla had been later taken to a processing centre the place they are going to be required to self-isolate in a bid to stop the doable unfold of COVID-19.
Migrants and refugees are sometimes held at such amenities till authorities can determine if they are often returned to their international locations or qualify for staying in Spain.
Well-liked crossing factors
Melilla and Ceuta – a second Spanish enclave additionally on Africa’s Mediterranean coast – are common crossing factors for migrants and refugees looking for a greater life in Europe.
The territories have the European Union’s solely land borders with Africa.
Each are protected by fences fortified with barbed wire, video cameras and watchtowers.
Since mid-Could, greater than 500 migrants and refugees have surmounted the Moroccan border fence to make it into Melilla.
In the meantime, greater than 8,000 folks swam into Ceuta or clambered over the border fence in Could after Moroccan authorities appeared to loosen controls for a few days, prompting Spain to deploy troops and additional police.
The disaster got here amid a significant diplomatic dispute between Spain and Morocco over Madrid’s determination to offer medical help to a insurgent chief from Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Rabat within the Seventies.
Though Polisario Entrance chief Brahim Ghali left Spain on June 2, diplomatic relations have remained tense.
Official knowledge on migratory flows to Ceuta and Melilla had been nonetheless being up to date after the surge in crossings in Could, whereas general numbers intercepted crossing into Spain rose 57.5 % to 13,483 folks as of the top of June.