MORE than 1,800 African migrants have stormed the border fence into Melilla this week, as migratory pressures on the Spanish enclaves dramatically escalate.
Spanish and Moroccan border police successfully held back the two separate attempts, the first of which saw 1,000 migrants storm the fence, while the second saw around 800.
In the second attempt 10 sub-Saharans successfully reached European soil, crying out ‘Spain, freedom, freedom!’ and ‘Bosa, bosa’, which means ‘victory’.
Recent months have witnessed several coordinated attempts on the border fences, causing Madrid to increase the Guardia Civil and Policia de Nacional presence at the border.
This year alone more than 1,600 undocumented sub-Saharans have entered the north-African Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, despite increased security measures – already more than in the whole of 2013.
Heads of both enclaves have requested urgent measures from Madrid.
“This is Europe’s problem, not just ours,” they insisted.