Deadly stunt:Two African migrants scale 20ft high fence to cross to Europe
About 1,100 African migrants dared the stunt: to climb a 20 feet high fence bordering north Africa and Spain but only two made it but grave injuries to attest to their efforts. They are currently receiving medicare in Spain.
Fifty Moroccan and five Spanish border guards were injured when the 1,100 African migrants attempted to storm a border fence. The migrants were attempting to reach Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta.
Only two were successful, but both were injured scaling the six-metre (20 ft) fence and needed hospital treatment. One guard lost an eye, officials said.
The attempt comes after more than 400 migrants succeeded in breaching Ceuta’s fence in December.
Hundreds of sub-Saharan African migrants living illegally in Morocco try to enter Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s other North African enclave, each year in hope of getting to Europe. The enclaves are Europe’s only land borders in Africa.
African migrants have posed grave challenge in recent years to European security agents as they try to run away from the continent either via the seas with thousands drowning in 2016 alone.
Photo: An African migrants hanging on to the fence…BBC