Prosecutors probe mass brawl at France's 'Jungle' migrant camp

27th May 2016, Comments 0 comments

Prosecutors said Friday they have opened an investigation into a massive brawl in the "Jungle" migrant camp in the northern French town of Calais that left 40 people injured.

A young female aid worker was among those seriously hurt after the fight broke out between some 200 Afghans and Sudanese on Thursday.

Three of the victims were seriously injured, including one person who was stabbed, local official Fabienne Buccio told reporters.

She denied an early report from a police source that someone had been shot.

The brawl started as food was being distributed at the Jules-Ferry aid centre in the heart of the camp, but the cause has not yet been determined.

The victims included two riot police and five members of a local aid group, La Vie Active, which runs the aid centre.

A total of 260 police officers were sent to the camp along with 70 firefighters and 11 ambulances.

Between 4,000 and 5,000 migrants are living in the Jungle in the hope of smuggling themselves aboard lorries that are crossing the Channel to Britain.

Fights have previously broken out in the tense and desperate atmosphere of the camp, which is roughly divided between different nationalities from the Middle East and Africa.

A fight between Afghans and Sudanese in March left 19 people injured.

© 2016 AFP

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