About 2 thousand people approached the separation barrier that marks the border between Morocco and Spain this morning, with the aim of entering the enclave of Melilla without authorization: about 500 attempted to cross the barrier, of which about 130 succeeded. to enter. This was reported by El Pais, reporting that it happened around 8.30 this morning, after a couple of hours earlier the Civil Guard had been alerted for groups of people approaching the border. At least five people would have died in the crowd. Several other migrants were reportedly injured.
This is the first such foray since Spain and Morocco mended diplomatic relations last month after the tension linked to Western Sahara. A spokesperson for the Spanish government office in Melilla said those who managed to cross the border have been transferred to a local migrant center, where each person’s situation will be assessed. The spokesman said hundreds of people remain gathered on the Moroccan side of the separation barrier.