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One dead as 200 immigrants reach Spain's Melilla enclave

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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MADRID, Spain (AFP) — An immigrant died Sunday and 19 others were hurt after around 200 people scaled a fence to enter Spain's Melilla enclave from northern Morocco, local Spanish authorities said.

The man was among the people who climbed over two barbed wire fences and appeared to have died of a heart attack, they said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, one of the migrants died... it seems from a cardio-pulmonary arrest,” the statement added.

Another 100 immigrants from the sub-Saharan region had failed in the attempt to enter Melilla, the statement said.

Nineteen other immigrants were treated for fractures or cuts, local official Sabrina Moh said in a statement. In addition, six members of the security forces were slightly hurt but did not require medical treatment.

The border between Melilla and Morocco is protected by two parallel fences standing six metres (20 feet) high and topped with barbed wire.

In June, the Socialist government of Pedro Sanchez said it intended to remove the barbed wire but has so far not done so.

In late August, the Spanish authorities sent about 100 migrants who had entered Ceuta — a second Spanish enclave in Morocco — back across the border, sparking an outcry from human rights groups.

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