On Wednesday afternoon, beachgoers in Zahara de los Atunes, in southern Spain, looked toward the sea and saw a dinghy filled with migrants heading to shore.
Footage later posted to social media showed the migrants reaching land and then running across the beach, as sunbathers looked on in apparent surprise. Spanish media reported that about 40 migrants were on the boat.
In one video, an onlooker can be heard saying, “What’s going on?”
Although it is unclear where the boat departed from, it is likely to have come from Morocco. Zahara de los Atunes is one of the southernmost parts of Spain: The beach, popular with tourists and known for its tuna, is less than eight miles from the coast of North Africa.
The video may provide a glimpse of changing trends in the routes taken by Mediterranean migrants. Over the past few years, migrants from North Africa and the Middle East have tended to go from Libya to Italy or through Turkey to Greece.
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Source: Washington Post