Ceuta: Spain Sends Troops As 8,000 Migrants Enter Enclave

Ceuta: Spain Sends Troops As 8,000 Migrants Enter Enclave

Spain has deployed troops after record numbers of migrants entered its north African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • Some 8,000 people have reached Ceuta in two days, Spanish officials say. The Spanish troops have been deployed to the beach to help border police at Ceuta's main entry point - Tarajal, on the enclave's south side.
  • They say the migrants, including around 1,500 minors, mostly from Morocco, either swam around the border fences that jut out into the sea or walked across at low tide.
  • Dramatic scenes were captured offshore as families waded through the water and officers from Spain's Guardia Civil went into the sea to rescue young children.
  • Spain says around half of the migrants have been sent back to Morocco. Footage of the beach showed that nearly all migrants had been cleared.

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