Blaze burning down French migrant camp after clash

by Abel Hampton April 13, 2017, 1:03
Blaze burning down French migrant camp after clash

In the panic, all 1,500 immigrants were evacuated but local newspaper La Voix du Nord said some threw stones at firefighters and police at the camp but it was mostly other immigrants who were hit. She said "we just don't know where they are".

Lalande, according to France 24, said the blaze was started after a fight on Monday afternoon between Afghans and Kurds at the camp that had left six injured with knife wounds.

France's northern coast has always been a gathering point for refugees attempting to enter the United Kingdom across the English Channel.

After a massive blaze reduced the Grande-Synthe migrant camp to ashes, up to 1,000 migrants are still missing, according to reports.

One of the migrants suffered "cardio respiratory arrest" after apparently being run over by a vehicle on the A16 motorway, as clashes continued outside the camp, Le Figaro noted.

Officials who said the fire was linked to the clashes. "There is a communal kitchen and the information point, but it's impossible to walk through the camp and get a really accurate idea of the extent of the damage", Caramelle said.

France has reinforced its police presence in the area and Belgium has upped its border patrols to prevent migrants from entering its territory, the Belga news agency reported.

Burned remains of wooden shelters used by migrants are pictured in a migrant camp in the Dunkirk suburb of Grande-Synthe, northern France, Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

A growing migrant crisis all over Europe as desperate refugees live in camps struggling to survive.

The incident is a sensitive topic in France, just 12 days ahead of a presidential election in which immigration is a key issue.

"People are scared - they have no idea what's going to happen to them".

"I lost all my documents", said one Iraqi migrant. Around 500 were given shelter in three municipal gymnasiums and the government said it would speed up admission to reception centres for migrants wanting to apply for asylum in France.

"We are refugees here in France. We lost everything", Albidani added.

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