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Several migrants were killed on the border with Melilla

Several migrants were killed on the border with Melilla

The congestion occurred when people tried to climb the iron fence, according to the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior. 76 migrants and 140 Moroccan police officers were injured, according to previous figures.

Spanish authorities say 49 guards were slightly injured and 57 migrants were treated, none seriously injured. In addition, four police cars were vandalized by stone-throwing migrants.

A group of about 2,000 people arrived at the border at dawn, and more than 500 of them managed to reach the border station after cutting the fence with scissors, the local Spanish government said. Then 130 people were said to have crossed the border into Melilla, where they were taken to a local migrant center for trial.

Spanish and Moroccan security forces “actively cooperated” to push back the migrants.

Melilla and Ceuta, another Spanish city in Morocco, are the EU’s only land border with Africa. Many African migrants attempt to reach this route, either by climbing fences at the border or swimming along the coast, then attempting to reach mainland Europe. Storms similar to those on Friday also occurred on two occasions in early March this year.

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