Four migrants in critical condition after Calais shooting

  • Four migrants in critical condition after Calais shooting

Four migrants in critical condition after Calais shooting

Four migrants were in critical condition after being shot and more than a dozen others were injured, some seriously, during clashes between Afghans and Africans in the northern French port of Calais, the local authorities said. Five were shot; four have life-threatening wounds. In similar clashes in June 2016, 40 people were injured, and in July 2017, 16 people were injured in violence.

A number of other migrants sustained stab wounds in the other melees sparked by the incident. "Calais at the moment, (it's) around 700 people and up to 100 under the age of 18, including children as young as 10 years old, sleeping in the woods, sleeping outside".

His remarks came as the UN's migration agency reported at least 90 people were feared dead off the coast of Libya after their boat capsized.

Police reinforcements have been sent to the French port city amid warnings of growing tensions in the area.

Mr Macron also travelled to the United Kingdom where Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to pay more to help stop migrants reaching the United Kingdom, and to take in more minors who are without their family.

Crucially, Macron did not seek to renegotiate a controversial 2003 deal effectively pushing Britain's borders back onto French soil.

Many migrants travel to Calais with hopes of finding a better life and crossing the channel over to Britain.

The riot, which involved hundreds, started among a long line of migrants who had been queuing for food near the hospital, on Boulevard des Justes.

A second fight then broke out at an industrial site around 5km away, with more than 100 Eritreans armed with iron rods and sticks fighting about 20 Afghans, prosecutors said.

Police intervened to protect the Afghans, the authorities said.

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Mr Collomb, who met with security forces and immigration officials in Calais, repeated the message the government would not allow migrants to stay-put in the town, and not to see it as a gateway to the UK.

"The message I want to get across is that if you want to go to Britain, it's not here you should come", he said, adding that minors applying for asylum in Britain would be automatically moved to shelters around the country.

France received a record number of asylum claims past year - 100,000 compared with 85,000 in 2016 - but no other town has embodied the challenges posed by immigration more than Calais, where a squalid encampment known as the Jungle was once home to more than 10,000 people before it was dismantled in 2016.