18 May 2021

Spain deploys military as 6,000 migrants arrive on beach in Ceuta enclave

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Border forces in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta have been overwhelmed by a record-breaking influx of migrants from Morocco, jumping or wading around barriers to make it across what is technically a European border in north Africa.

Spain deployed its military to beaches surrounding the city, as more than 6,000 thousand new arrivals, many of them teenagers, emerged from the sea to a wall of soldiers.

Late today, Morocco recalled its Ambassador to Madrid for “consultations”, as diplomatic tensions grow.