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Saturday March 1, 2014

Dozens of Migrants Break into Spanish Enclave in North Africa

Dozens of Migrants Break into Spanish Enclave in North Africa

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Dozens of sub-Saharan migrants stormed into the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla on Friday, scaling the barbed-wire fence that separates it from Morocco.

More than 100 migrants may have made their way across the border during the mass break-in, which occurred just before 7:00 a.m. at the Ben-Enzar crossing point, police told Efe.

The migrants sang victory songs after entering the city and stopped motorists to ask directions to a migrant reception center, known as the Center for the Temporary Stay of Immigrants, or CETI.

It is unclear how many sub-Saharan Africans were involved in the crossing or the number of migrants or police injured during the incident.

In recent months, migrants have stepped up efforts to enter Melilla and another nearby Spanish North African enclave, Ceuta, which also is surrounded by Moroccan territory, and that pressure has intensified further in February.

Friday’s surge was the third in just 11 days in Melilla and comes three weeks after more than a dozen migrants drowned while trying to make their way into Ceuta by sea.

Melilla’s CETI was housing 1,080 undocumented migrants before Friday’s crossing, or more than double its capacity.

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