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Hunderds of immigrants rush barrier into Spain's Melilla enclave

Around 300 sub-Saharan migrants tried to jump the fence of Melilla on 6:30 am on Tuesday and about 100 have succeeded, according to reports from the Government Office. While some of the immigrants climbed the wall, others threw objects at border guards that were trying to stop them. Six guards were treated for minor injuries and an immigrant suffered a broken leg after falling from the fence and was transferred to the Hospital of Melilla.

While some of the immigrants climbed the wall, others threw objects at border guards that were trying to stop them, the government said.

Spain has two enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla.

The migrants were taken to an internment center where Spain attempts to establish their identity and nationality. Depending on treaties between Spain and the country of origin of each immigrant, some are repatriated and others are allowed into Spain.

Many of the migrants enter Melilla - where Spain reinforced the perimeter wall a few years ago - with no documentation.

Every year thousands of African immigrants try to reach Spanish and Italian territory on small rafts, and there are rescues and drownings almost every week.

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Added: Sep-17-2013 Occurred On: Sep-16-2013
By: Villa Duinzicht
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Tags: melilla, immigrant, african immigrants, sandbacks
Location: Melilla, Melilla, Spain (load item map)
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