MADRID - Dozens of migrants stormed into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla on Monday, scaling the high, razor-wired fence that separates it from Morocco, local authorities said. Over 150 migrants rushed the border fence and around 6am (0500 GMT) and 59 managed to get across, the office of Spain's central government said in a statement. The migrants who managed to get into Melilla were taken to a health centre where they will be tested for the coronavirus and they will then have to undergo a quarantine. But while the overall number of migrants reaching Spain rose last year, the number crossing the land border into Ceuta and Melilla plunged by 72-percent compared with 2019 to 1,755, according to interior ministry figures. The last major breach of the border fence by migrants occurred in January when nearly 90 migrants made it into Melilla.
Source: The North Africa Journal March 08, 2021 12:00 UTC