It has been reported that 491 irregular migrants crossed from Morocco to Spain in the Spanish city of Melilla in North Africa.
In a statement made to the press by Melilla Governor Sabrina Moh, it was stated that an irregular migrant group of approximately 2,500 people came to the borderline and 491 of them entered the city.
It was shared that irregular immigrants from Southern Sahara countries, who were trying to cross the two-stage 6-meter-long fence on the border, tried to resist the security forces with stones and cutting tools, and that 20 immigrants and 16 policemen were slightly injured during the incidents.
The irregular migrant crossing is common across the Moroccan-Spain border in Melilla.
Due to the diplomatic crisis between Spain and Morocco in May 2021, more than 8,000 immigrants swam or walked to Spain from the northern (Benzu) and southern (Tarajal coast) borders of the city of Ceuta between May 17-19. With Morocco’s resumption of border control, the irregular influx of immigrants was stopped after May 20.
The diplomatic crisis between the two countries was exacerbated by the arrival of Polisario Front leader Gali to Spain and the subsequent irregular influx of immigrants from Morocco to Spain.