SOME four hundred sub-Saharan immigrants were trapped in the fences between Morocco and Melilla after an attempt to cross the border Wednesday, June 18.
The sub-Saharans managed to climb the first of Melilla’s triple-fence border protections but got caught in a corridor separating two metallic structures.
Newly installed mesh structures – security measures designed to damage fingers – impede climbing the fences, slowing movements across the border.
Both Spanish and Moroccan security forces have been deployed, and the Moroccan government will take responsibility for the 150 who have been detained by the Spanish Guardia Civil.
None of the attempted immigrants have successfully entered Melilla.
Saturday, June 14, another 1,000 sub-Saharans attempted the same crossing, but again, none were successful. This is the tenth border jump attempt between Morocco and Melilla recorded in 2014.