Migrants Shot in French Brawl
Calais migrants: Five shot in mass brawl
At least five migrants have been shot during a mass brawl between Afghans and Eritreans in the French port city of Calais, local officials say.
A 37-year-old Afghan man is suspected of firing shots at a queue for food handouts. Four Eritreans aged between 16 to 18 are in a critical condition.
Hundreds of migrants have converged on the area in an attempt to cross the Channel to the UK.
A sprawling camp known as the “Jungle” was dismantled near Calais in 2016.
Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said the violence had reached a new level and accused gangs that try to smuggle migrants to the UK of instigating the violence.
This is the worst outbreak of violence between migrants in Calais for months, and the use of firearms is a worrying escalation of the tensions
Five migrants shot and wounded in huge Calais brawl
Five migrants were shot during a giant brawl in Calais, leaving four fighting for their lives Friday in what the French government called an “unbearable” escalation of violence in a port that serves as a gateway to Britain.
Twenty-two were hospitalised with injuries after three fights across the city, which drew in hundreds of the migrants camped out in the hope of stowing away on a truck bound for England, according to officials.
Four Eritreans, who were shot in the neck, chest, abdomen and spine, were in critical condition, they said.
Police were searching for a 37-year-old Afghan suspected of the shooting.
Several shot amid migrant mass brawl in Calais
French police have sent reinforcements to the northern port city of Calais, after a mass brawl between Afghan and Eritrean migrants. More than 20 people were injured in the clashes, as many as five of them with gunshot wounds.