Migrant dead toll rises to 18 after attempted massive jump on Melilla fence

At least 18 migrants would have died this Friday after the massive attempt to cross the Melilla fence, according to an updated report shared by local Moroccan authorities late at night.

“Thirteen irregular migrants injured in the attack on the city of Melilla died at night from their serious injuries,” authorities in northern Morocco’s Nador province detailed in a statement.

According to the official Moroccan agency MAP, five people were killed and another 76 injured, 13 of them in serious condition before the attempted mass invasion of Melilla. The incident also injured 140 police officers, five of them in serious condition.

Migrant dead toll rises to 18 after attempted massive jump on Melilla fence
Migrant dead toll rises to 18 after attempted massive jump on Melilla fence

The government delegation of Melilla reported Friday that a group of about 500 sub-Saharan people “perfectly organized and violent” forced the border crossing from Chinatown at 8:40 am. 2,000 migrants stayed on nearby Gurugú Mountain and eventually managed to enter the Spanish town of 133.

On the Spanish side, the government delegation said the massive incursion left at least 49 Civil Guard officers slightly injured and left 57 migrants in their wake, three of whom were treated at the regional hospital.

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