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Migrants attempt to force way across Spain border

Jan 02, 2017, 1:28 AM EST
The fence around the Spanish enclave of Melilla in 2006.
(Source: Noborder Network/flickr)

More than 50 border guards were injured in violent clashes when some 1,100 sub-Saharan African migrants attempted to storm into Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco on Sunday. A few of the migrants managed to break through the gates and reached the six-meter barbed wire fence but were eventually lifted down by cranes.

This is the second time illegal immigrants in Morocco have attempted to breach Ceuta’s fence to reach Spain’s North African enclaves, which are Europe’s only land border in Africa, writes the BBC. In December, 400 migrants successfully forced their way over the Ceuta border fence.

The Spanish government, which immediately turns back the migrants in such cases, has drawn criticism from human rights groups for skipping the formal deportation process and depriving people of their rights to claim asylum, notes Reuters.