Red Cross worker embraces tearful Ceuta migrant

Reuters TV footage showed some migrants begging Spanish soliders not to take them back to Morocco as Red Cross members and police assisted exhausted and dehydrated migrants.

A sudden influx of migrants swimming into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in northern Africa is a serious crisis for Europe, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday (May 18), although Spain and Morocco both gave signs of seeking to defuse a tense situation.

A Reuters reporter on the ground said the number of arrivals by sea had slowed, and a number of those who had arrived were voluntarily returning to Morocco.

Spain said approximately 2,700 migrants had already been sent back to Morocco, where they were being accepted under a readmission deal.

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