Five shot during violent clashes between migrants in Calais
03 February 2018, 07:23 | Isaac Mcdaniel
A migrant receives medical assistance by rescue workers following clashes near the ferry port in Calais northern France on February 1
The move came after 22 migrants were injured in the latest clashes between the Afghans and Eritreans who form the biggest groups of migrants in Calais.
Fights usually break out over the routes that migrants use to get into the United Kingdom, where they will claim asylum.
It is claimed the fighting began after an Afghan fired a gun, resulting in clashes for nearly two hours between around 100 Eritreans and roughly 30 Afghans, who had been waiting for food.
Five migrants were shot during a brawl between Afghan and Eritrean migrants while they were queueing for food handouts on Thursday.
Two police officers were also injured in the clashes.
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At least three were in a life-threatening condition as French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said he was on the way to the port town to deal with the emergency.
Calais mayor said Natacha Bouchart reacted with fury to theincidents, saying such violence "was absolutely unacceptable".
France received a record number of asylum claims a year ago - 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.
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