By John Smith • 06 April 2020 • 16:49
AT about 5am this morning (April 6) an estimated 300 migrants climbed the fence between Melilla and Morocco trying to force their way into the Spanish enclave which is under lockdown due to the coronavirus and Spain’s State of Alarm.
This is the first attempt to make a mass entry into the enclave since the border with Morocco was closed and the area has generally been peaceful for more than a year however as those involved appeared desperate to find sanctuary on Spanish soil, there were violent clashes.
Certainly one Spanish officer was injured in the fighting and around 50 migrants managed to gain entry overcoming resistance from National Police, Guardia Civil and the Spanish Armed Forces.
Reports suggest that at least four of those who attempted to break in were injured and taken to hospital by the Red Cross.
Once they gained entry in the area of Villa Pilar the successful attackers headed for the CETI (Centre of Temporary Stay for Immigrants) where they were initially denied access.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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