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A Spanish city on the Mediterranean coast of northeast Morocco. Conquered by Spain c. 1496, it was the site of the 1936 revolt that triggered the Spanish Civil War.


(Spanish melija)
(Placename) the chief town of a Spanish enclave in Morocco, on the Mediterranean coast: founded by the Phoenicians; exports iron ore. Pop: 68 463 (2003 est)


(meɪˈlil yɑ)

a seaport belonging to Spain on the NE coast of Morocco, in NW Africa. 55,613.
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Contract award notice: Service for the performance of analytical tests in an external laboratory for the regional hospital of the national institute of sanitary management in melilla
Contract notice: street education with unaccompanied adolescents and young people in a situation of social risk in the autonomous city of melilla
Contract award notice: Attention, Control and technical assistance of the facilities of the golf course of the autonomous city of melilla
Contract notice: acquisition by lease for eight years with preventive maintenance of a four-section automatic autoscale vehicle, the last articulated of 30 m (aea) for the fire extinguishing service of the autonomous city of melilla
Un homme a franchi mardi matin la frontiere de l'enclave espagnole au Maroc de Melilla en blessant legerement un policier avec un couteau.
More than 100 migrants on Sunday stormed the border fence, attempting to cross from Morocco to the Spanish enclave of Melilla, AFP reported.
The Spanish city of Melilla, on the North African coast, is providing Syrian refugees with an alternative way into Europe.
NNA - Police in Spain's north African territory of Melilla arrested a man suspected of recruiting women for the armed jihadist group Islamic State, the government said Wednesday.
Summary: Hassan Ibrahim, both physically and mentally disabled, staggers as he pushes two huge packs of contraband goods loaded on a wheelchair - he is one of thousands of Moroccans toiling for a living in the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla.
Summary: About 300 African migrants storm border fence separating Morocco from Spanish territory of Melilla, leaving at least 10 people injured.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Hundreds of people forced their way through razor-wire barriers into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla on Wednesday, highlighting increasing pressure on a rare land-based route into Europe for illegal migrants.