24th November 2020
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One dead as 200 migrants reach Melilla

A migrant died Sunday and 19 others were hurt after around 200 people scaled a fence to enter Spain’s Melilla enclave from northern Morocco, local Spanish authorities said.

Melilla migrants
In this file photo taken on 19 February 2015, migrants sit atop a border fence separating Morocco from the north African Spanish enclave of Melilla in the first attempt to jump since the camp on Mount Gurugu burned down. (Angela Rios / AFP)

The man was among the migrants who climbed over two barbed wire fences and appeared to have died of a heart attack, they said in a statement.

‘Unfortunately, one of the migrants died … it seems from a cardio-pulmonary arrest,’ the statement added.

Another 100 migrants from the sub-Saharan region had failed in the attempt to enter Melilla, the statement said.

Nineteen other migrants were treated for fractures or cuts, local official Sabrina Moh said in a statement. In addition, six members of the security forces were slightly hurt but did not require medical treatment.

The border between Melilla and Morocco is protected by two parallel fences standing six metres (20 feet) high and topped with barbed wire.

In June, the Socialist government of Pedro Sánchez said it intended to remove the barbed wire but has so far not done so.

In late August, the Spanish authorities sent about 100 migrants who had entered Ceuta – a second Spanish enclave in Morocco – back across the border, sparking an outcry from human rights groups.

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