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9 migrants injured in Spain border fence rush

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MADRID (AP) -- Spain says nine African migrants were treated for injuries as some 200 tried to scale border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco.

The Interior Ministry said the nine sustained minor injuries in falls during the border rush Wednesday. It said around 70 migrants stayed atop the high fences for several hours.

About 20 managed to get across and enter the city.

The ministry said 2,000 migrants have made it across the border fences in roughly 60 attempts this year.

Those that make it head for the city's temporary migrant accommodation center. They are eventually repatriated or let go.

Thousands of African immigrants living illegally in Morocco try to enter Spain's enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta each year, hoping to reach Europe and make a better life.

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