Thursday, January 20

More than 200 sub-Saharan migrants manage to enter Melilla in a new leap over the fence | Spain


At least 238 migrants of sub-Saharan origin have managed to enter Melilla in a new collective leap over the fence, as confirmed by the Government Delegation in the autonomous city. The group has been welcomed in the Center for the Temporary Stay of Immigrants (CETI), where they went immediately after circumventing the border perimeter. They will be quarantined there for the next two weeks.

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The jump took place around 6.30 am, when around 300 people approached the perimeter through the Chinatown border crossing area. Migrants have managed to dodge the fence’s anti-climbing mesh using metal grapples. According to the Government Delegation, three agents of the Civil Guard have been slightly injured. Images disseminated by local media on social networks show several exhausted migrants with possible injuries during their march towards the CETI through the streets of the city.

National Police officers with the group of immigrants at the gates of the CETI in Melilla.
National Police officers with the group of immigrants at the gates of the CETI in Melilla. Adriana Thomasa

This Thursday is the third jump that takes place in less than two weeks in Melilla. Between 12 and 14 of this month, about 140 people managed to enter the city in two jumps produced in an area near the place where the entry has now been registered. Then, several people violently stormed the border throwing stones and sticks at the Moroccan forces deployed on the other side of the perimeter, as confirmed by the Government Delegation.

The migrants' slippers, piled up outside the CETI in Melilla, after the jump.
The migrants’ slippers, piled up outside the CETI in Melilla, after the jump.Adriana Thomasa

Since mid-May, and coinciding with the border crisis with Morocco during which between 10,000 and 11,000 people accessed Ceuta, including 1,200 minors, there have been constant attempts, some violent, to access Melilla through different points of the city. fence that separates the city from Morocco. Almost 200 people managed to enter in just five days of constant approaches at different points of the fence. The pressure on the perimeter has been unusual and has forced the army to deploy on at least two occasions since May. The access attempts by a majority of Moroccans and not of sub-Saharan origin have also been extraordinary.

Several immigrants access the CETI in Melilla this Thursday.
Several immigrants access the CETI in Melilla this Thursday. Adriana Thomasa

The border between Melilla and the Moroccan province of Nador has been closed since March 2020, when Rabat decreed the closure of border crossings due to the pandemic. Since then, all the regular flow of people and goods to both sides, as in Ceuta, has stopped. Yes, there has been a constant trickle of people who managed to access the autonomous cities by swimming, in inflatable boats, kayaks or jet skis. Many of these people are Moroccan.


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