Mass assault on border fence sees 50 immigrants reach Spanish enclave of Melilla

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-19 23:28:04|Editor: yan
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MADRID, July 19 (Xinhua) -- An attempt by around 200 sub-Saharan immigrants to climb the six-meter high border fence separating the Spanish North-African enclave of Melilla from Morocco on Friday morning, ended with 50 reaching the Spanish territory.

The Spanish government delegate in Melilla said the attack was carried out by "an organized group" of immigrants at around 7 a.m. local time. The immigrants used hooks to try and scale the fence, and threw rocks and other objects at border guards, injuring six of them.

Two immigrants are also confirmed to have been injured, with one suffering from a broken leg and other having severe cuts and bruises.

The Unified Association of Civil Guards (AUGC) released a statement saying the "immigrants launched themselves at the guards, looking for hand to hand fighting," and expressed their worry about the "growing aggression among people who are trying to enter Spain by this route."

It was the largest mass assault on the Melilla border fence since October 21 2018, when 209 immigrants were able to cross into Spain in an assault in which one immigrant lost their life in the attempt.

According to statistics from the Spanish Interior Ministry, over 2,500 people have managed to illegally enter Melilla in 2019 by either climbing the border fence, swimming, sailing or smuggling themselves into the enclave.