100 migrants break into Europe by scaling Spanish border fence

Migrants seen here attempting to scale the border fence in Melilla in 2015. Around 100 migrants have scaled the fence in the latest break-in (Getty)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Around 100 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have entered Europe by scaling the fence in the Spanish frontier town of Melilla.

A total of 400 migrants tried to enter the town, which is situated in Morocco but belongs to Spain and is thus part of the European Union.

The migrants took advantage of heavy rain in the area, which reportedly made it difficult for the border guards to see the fence from their posts.

Having scaled the fence the migrants headed for a temporary accommodation centre in the town, many of them carrying their shoes in their hand having removed them to climb the barrier. They reportedly shouted their victory chant "bossa, bossa" as they entered.

This is just the latest in a series of incursions into Melilla, one of two Spanish enclaves in North Africa. The town is a regular target for migrants and refugees looking to enter Europe. Morocco has pledged to crack down on the illegal border crossings, threatening harsh punishments that have brought condemnation from rights groups.