Channel Tunnel traffic suspended after migrant intrusion: Eurotunnel

3rd October 2015, Comments 0 comments

Traffic through the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France was suspended early Saturday after around 100 migrants entered the French side of the tunnel complex, the company operating it said in a statement.

"At around 12:30 am (2230 GMT on Friday), around 100 migrants forced a closure and the entry of security agents into the tunnel," a Eurotunnel spokeswoman told AFP.

"We have suspended the service."

She said police were at the site and that traffic remained suspended.

Ten people, including seven migrants, suffered minor injuries in the storming of the tunnel, a firefighter at the scene said.

The interior ministers of France and Britain in August signed an agreement to set up a new "command and control centre" to tackle smuggling gangs in Calais, as Europe grapples with its biggest migration crisis since World War II.

It came after attempts to penetrate the sprawling Eurotunnel site spiked that month, with migrants trying several times a night to outfox hopelessly outnumbered security officials and police.

Thousands of people from Africa, the Middle East and Asia are camped in Calais in slum-like conditions, and at least 13 have died since June 26 trying to cross over into Britain, where many have family and work is thought easier to find.


© 2015 AFP

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