1,000 migrants repulsed at Spanish border

Last Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 20:59

Madrid: Officials say around 1,000 migrants of sub-Saharan origin attempted to storm Spain`s three-tier barbed-wire border fence separating its North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco, but failed in their bid to enter Europe.

A regional government statement said fewer than 10 persons managed to overcome the first barrier in today`s charge. They were taken away by Moroccan police.

The statement says Spain`s border guards detected the charge in an area known as "Villa Pilar" and deployed a helicopter to oversee operations.

Spain and Morocco stepped up border vigilance in February after 15 migrants drowned trying to reach Ceuta. The border was recently strengthened with a new type of mesh barrier.

AP

First Published: Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 20:59

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