Spanish troops and police confronted a big crowd of migrants at Ceuta’s border. Picture: AFP

Round 150 migrants tried to cross into Spain’s Melilla enclave early on Tuesday from neighbouring Morocco in an try which was thwarted however left 9 police barely injured, officers mentioned.

The incident, which concerned “a gaggle of 150 folks”, came about earlier than daybreak at round 5:15 am, though “none of them bought into Melilla”, the Spanish authorities delegation within the enclave mentioned in a press release.

They tried to get in by working alongside the Dique Sur breakwater in Melilla port that marks the frontier however had been stopped by Spanish cops with assist from their Moroccan counterparts.

Through the incident, 9 Guardia Civil cops suffered “slight accidents” because of “the violence utilized by the migrants who had been carrying sticks and throwing stones”.

Most of them had been sub-Saharan Africans though there have been additionally Moroccans amongst them, it mentioned.

Spain’s two tiny enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla have Europe’s solely land border with Africa, making them a magnet for migrants determined to flee grinding poverty and starvation.

Final month, Spain was caught off guard when as many as 10,000 folks surged into Ceuta as Moroccan border guards seemed the opposite means.

Though most had been despatched again, round 2,000 are nonetheless within the enclave, three-quarters of them unaccompanied minors, officers mentioned late final week.

The incident occurred throughout a diplomatic disaster between Spain and Morocco over the presence of the ailing chief of Western Sahara’s independence motion at a Spanish hospital, with the border breach broadly seen as a punitive transfer by Rabat.

Though the Polisario chief left Spain on June 2, diplomatic relations have remained tense.

Final week, the European Parliament handed a decision rejecting “Morocco´s use of border management and migration, and unaccompanied minors specifically, as political stress towards Spain”, angering Rabat.

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