Moroccan police on Sunday prevented the passage of 400 sub-Saharan migrants to the Spanish border city of Ceuta in an incident that left 24 injured, according to local authorities quoted in a statement from the Moroccan news agency MAP, EFE said.
The mass jump attempt took place in the western part of the fence that separates Ceuta from the Moroccan city of Beliunech and left 24 people injured among migrants and security forces, then transported to the nearest hospitals on the side of the Moroccan border.
Several people were detained to clarify what happened, EFE adds, adding that the communiqué implies that no migrant was able to move to Ceuta.
This is the first incident of its kind recorded in 2020 and happens after Spain has removed the rolls of barbed wire on the Spanish side of the fence, even though Morocco has reinforced the structure with more barbed wire.
In 2019 the arrival of migrants to Spain decreased 59% compared to 2018, a trend also followed at the border in Ceuta, where attempts to jump over the fence decreased 31.2% in the same period.
Data from the Spanish Interior Ministry indicate that there were 1,361 incidents of these recorded in 2019 in Ceuta.