Monday 17 December 2018

Five shot during violent clashes between migrants in Calais

Police reinforcements have been sent to the area.

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By Associated Press Reporter

French police reinforcements have been sent to Calais after clashes among migrants left 22 people injured during a worrying spike in violence.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters in Calais that five of the victims were injured by gunfire in Thursday’s fighting, blaming “totally organised” gangs.

Police are seeking a shooting suspect but have made no arrests.

Migrants carrying sticks march in the streets of Calais (AP)

Mr Collomb said two extra police units were en route and warned of growing tensions in Calais, where migrants converge in the hope of crossing to Britain.

Authorities said that Afghan and Eritrean migrants had been fighting with sticks and stones after a meals were distributed before the shots were fired. Firearms are rare among migrants.

The government closed a vast Calais migrant camp known as the Jungle in 2016.

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