“Spain Suspects Morocco Allowed a Brief Flood of Migrants,” by Raphael Minder for the New York Times:
In just two days this week, the Spanish authorities intercepted as many migrants trying to slip into the country by sea from Morocco as they had in all of last year, the Spanish Red Cross said.
Waves of inflatable dinghies attempted to cross the Strait of Gibraltar on Monday and Tuesday, carrying people trying to enter Spain illegally. The influx was so great that the Spanish authorities, who brought the migrants here to this port city, converted two local sports centers into makeshift shelters.
Then, just as suddenly as they started, the crossings dwindled to a trickle. By Wednesday, only a few boats were waylaid, and not a single one was encountered in Spanish waters on Thursday and Friday…