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Migrants storm into Spanish enclave

Saturday, March 01, 2014 - 01:07

Mar. 1 - African immigrants seeking to enter Europe make a coordinated assault on a triple wall that divides Spanish enclave Melilla from Morocco. Sarah Toms reports.

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More than 200 migrants break into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla. Many of the migrants from sub-Saharan Africa suffered cuts scaling the border fence. Some threw stones, sticks and bottles at police to keep them at bay. The ones who managed to cross the border were jubilant....weeping, somersaulting and kissing the ground in thanks. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED MIGRANT, SAYING: "Long live Spain" REPORTER ASKING : "Where are you from?" (English) MIGRANT SAYING: "Cameroon. Long live Spain" But they're not likely to stay. The Spanish government will put them in a holding centre until their identities can be established....and they can be returned to countries with which it has a repatriation agreement. On 6 February at least 14 migrants drowned when hundreds tried to swim into Ceuta -- another Spanish city in North Africa. Police had fired rubber bullets in a warning, causing some to panic. The two territories are a magnet for migrants seeking work or asylum in Europe.

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Migrants storm into Spanish enclave

Saturday, March 01, 2014 - 01:07