Last Update 23:16
Sunday, 20 October 2019

Police break up clashes between African migrants in Calais

AFP , Saturday 1 Jul 2017
Calais
Police officers and emergency workers intervene as injured migrants lay on the ground after clashes between migrants involving Eritreans and Ethiopians in Calais, on July 1, 2017 (Photo: AFP)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1848
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1848

Riot police stepped in to break up clashes among some 100 African migrants armed with sticks and rocks in the northern French city of Calais on Saturday, local police said, following similar brawls the night before.

The fighting pitting Eritreans against Ethiopians left 16 migrants injured and around 10 have been arrested, police official Etienne Desplanques told AFP.

"In all, there are 16 migrants hospitalised, 15 for minor injuries and one with a more serious head injury," Desplanques said.

Riot police had been deployed to separate the fighting between Eritreans and Ethiopians in an industrial zone of Calais, and the situation was brought under control by mid-afternoon, he said.

The port city of Calais has for years been a magnet for migrants and refugees hoping to cross the Channel to Britain and last year France broke up the camp known as "the Jungle" transferring thousands of migrants to centres around the country.

But there are currently believed to be between 400 and 600 migrants in the Calais area.

Violence also broke out Friday night between Eritreans and Ethiopians while meals were being distributed by charity groups, lightly wounding nine people, Desplanques said.

Security forces used tear gas to break up Friday's brawls, according to deputy mayor of Calais Philippe Mignonet.

"In the past 12 hours, in terms of violence, there's been an escalation," Mignonet told AFP.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.