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Sudanese, Eritrean migrants clash in violent brawl

01 June 2015, 10:04

Calais - A brawl broke out in the early hours of Monday morning between Sudanese and Eritrean migrants in the northern French port of Calais, resulting in 24 injuries, 14 of which required hospital treatment.

According to the emergency services, the fight began after a makeshift tent was torched and escalated quickly into running battles with iron bars.

This is the latest incident between migrants desperately hoping to reach Britain from France.

Around 2 300 migrants, mostly from Sudan, Eritrea and Syria, live in the makeshift tent village in Calais known as "the jungle".

Calais is the main staging post for migrants trying to reach Britain from continental Europe without official documents, usually by smuggling themselves aboard one of the thousands of trucks that leave daily via the port and cross the Channel by ferry.

Last week, a migrant suffered a gunshot wound, apparently after a battle between smugglers.



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