An African migrant is lowered from a border fence by a Spanish Civil Guard at the border between Morocco and Melilla during the latest attempt to cross into Spanish territorySOME 100 migrants have climbed over the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla under heavy rain.

Police said some 300 migrants, all from Africa, had attempted the jump, but 200 were held back.

A spokesman from the Guardia Civil said: “At eight (0600 GMT) this morning, there was an organised assault and Moroccan forces were overwhelmed,”

“200 people were held back, but 100 managed to get to Melilla.”

The migrants used hooks and shoes with studded nails to make the climb.

They have been taken to a temporary reception centre where they have the right to ask for asylum, although few are granted such status as most are considered economic migrants.


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