by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times
SPAIN — After more than 8,000 migrants arrived in the North African outpost Tuesday, Spain dispatched military soldiers to the enclave of Ceuta.
The 8,000 migrants included at least 2,000 minors, according to Spanish police, and more than 4,000 people have already been deported after the country deployed troops, military trucks, and helicopters to halt the influx.
On Monday, a considerable number of migrants began arriving in Ceuta, many of whom swam around breakwaters or paddled improvised dinghies onto its beaches, while others waded through low-tide waters or climbed over security gates.
The influx of migrants on Tuesday vastly outnumbers the number of migrants who sought to enter Ceuta over the remainder of the year.
The inflow of migrants comes amid a diplomatic spat between Spain and Morocco over Brahim Ghali’s medical care in Spain since last month. Ghali is the leader of a movement seeking independence for Western Sahara from Morocco.