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More than 200 Sub-Saharan migrants crossed the borders entering Melilla

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More than 200 African migrants have crossed Saturday the double border fence separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Melilla, the Spanish authorities have indicated, adding that several of them and a policeman were injured, according to AFP.

A total of 209 people from sub-Saharan Africa forced their way into Spain by climbing the fence overnight, the central government's representative office in Melilla said in a statement.

A policeman was injured after being «attacked by an immigrant with one of the hooks they use to clamber up the fence» as he tried to stop them, the statement said, adding the implement cut his earlobe.

In addition, four migrants were hospitalized for minor injuries.

Images taken with mobile phones and broadcast by several Spanish media showed a group of migrants running in the streets of Melilla. They were then transferred to a migrant reception center.

The number of migrants who tried to enter Europe via Spain increased in 2017: 22,900 arrived in the country, according data provided by the European agency Frontex. That's more than twice as much as in 2016.

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