One hundred migrants were trying to climb over the border fence in Melilla this weekend. Two succeeded and four were sent to a hospital in Morocco.
Moroccan security forces managed to apprehend some of the immigrants even before they came up to the fence, but about thirty immigrants climbed up on the fence. The fire department put out mattresses under the fence trying to lure them down.
Melilla and Ceuta are the two Spanish enclaves in North Africa, where African migrants are trying to make their way into Spain. The Spanish authorities have constantly reinforced border by building ever more sophisticated fences. This has been successful. According to authorities in Melilla around one hundred migrants has managed to get into Melilla so far this year. This compared with last year, when there were nearly 2,000 who came to Melilla.
The fence consists of two 6 meter high parallel fences with barbed wire. In addition there is lighting, video cameras, watchtowers and motion detectors. When it comes to Ceuta, there is a third two-meter high fence on the Moroccan side. Moroccan police and Spanish police are now cooperating to guard the border fences.