Four shot and 18 injured in Calais migrants brawl

Feb 03, 2018, 07:19
Four shot and 18 injured in Calais migrants brawl

Four migrants have been shot in a gunfight that broke out between Afghan and Eritrean migrants in France's port city of Calais. Four of them are in critical condition, according to AFP.

Police were searching for a 37-year-old Afghan, a suspected migrant smuggler, over the attack.

France's interior minister said it was a level of violence never seen before among refugees in the region, warning the situation had reached a point that was "unbearable" for both refugees and residents. He warned that there was likely to be further bloodshed.

After the "Jungle" camp in Calais was destroyed by authorities in 2016 numerous migrants moved into woods and are often involved in confrontations with police.

By 9pm, police said that a total of 13 migrants were seriously wounded, as other victims were found by police around the town.

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French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking during a visit to Senegal Friday, said France would deal with the situation in a "humane and efficient manner", adding that new reception centres would be opened in the coming weeks.

According to reports, several fights erupted yesterday evening (Thursday February 1) between Afghan and African migrants escalated in the camp, with hundreds of migrants involved, and weapons such as guns seen to be used.

Authorities said Afghan and Eritrean migrants had been fighting with sticks and stones after a meal distribution before the shots were fired.

The Calais "Jungle" became the French symbol of the European migrant crisis, and some 7,000 people - most from the Middle East and Africa - were living there before the area was cleared.

Aid organizations in Calais said that violent outbreaks would recur if the French government did not improve conditions for migrants stuck in legal limbo.

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"They mistakenly thought that they could reach Britain more easily", Mr. Guennoc said.

Two police officers were also slightly injured.

The notorious Calais "Jungle", once home to about 10,000 people, was demolished in 2016, but hundreds more migrants have since descended on the city.

Mr Collomb urged migrants not to head to Calais if they wanted to try to get to the United Kingdom, saying their attempts from there - often trying to hide themselves in lorries - would be unsuccessful.

The police systematically tear down their encampments and use tear gas and batons to prevent them holding up truckers. In similar clashes in June 2016, 40 people were injured, and in July 2017, 16 people were injured in violence.

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