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African migrants storm fence into Spanish enclave
Hundreds of African migrants storm fence into Spanish enclave; 1 dead in boat bid
Associated Press
2014-01-20 11:01 PM

MADRID (AP) -- Authorities say some 250 mostly sub-Saharan migrants have made a joint attempt to scale fences into Spain's northwest African enclave city of Melilla, with about 50 making it over the barbed wire and onto European soil.

Melilla authorities said in a statement that three migrants were hurt Monday as they tried to scale the metal fence, which is six meters (20 feet) high and 10 kilometers (six miles) long.

Melilla is surrounded by Morocco and the Mediterranean. Migrants hoping to get to Europe camp on the Moroccan side, with several thousand trying each year to enter Melilla.

In a separate incident Monday, officials said 13 migrants tried to reach Melilla in an inflatable boat. When police intercepted them, they jumped into the sea. One drowned but the others were rescued.

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