Spain returns 6,600 to Morocco, families look for loved ones

CEUTA, Spain (AP) — Officials in a Spanish enclave in North Africa are getting flooded with calls from Moroccan parents after hundreds of children and teenagers were swept up in a diplomatic storm between Spain and Morocco. A spokesperson for the city of Ceuta said Friday that a hotline set up the day before had received 4,400 calls from desperate relatives seeking information. So far, authorities have confirmed 438 unaccompanied minors were among more than 8,000 people who arrived in Ceuta from Morocco between Monday and Wednesday by scaling a border fence or swimming around it. Social service workers were checking the ages of many more young people who are in shelters or roaming Ceuta’s streets.