Following an escalating brawl between approximately 150 migrants and security forces, the Grande-Synthe refugee camp located in the Dunkirk area of Northern France fell victim to a large fire engulfing sections of the camp.
Six migrants suffered injuries after a tussle with on-site police, including a camp resident that was hit by a car on a highway just outside the perimeter of the camp. The person remains in critical condition, while three stab victims were also reported.
After the melee, a fire jumped from cabin to cabin within the camp, lodging which houses migrants ranging from 1,000 t0 1,500 residents. It is believed the sectors of ravaged cabins mostly housed Kurdish migrants.
“Many of the cabins have burned down or are still on fire, more than half the camp has been destroyed,” a spokesperson for the camp relayed. It was also revealed that 165 migrants were moved to temporary housing as the fire continued into the night. The majority of the population within the Grande-Synthe camp is known to be migrants escaping the areas of Northern Africa and the Middle East, with a recent uptick in Afghani refugees.
In a massive attempt to reach the United Kingdom, migrants put forth action to halt traffic on the nearby highway using trees and branches as a way to sneak onto vehicles heading towards the English Channel.
The Associated Press reported on the camp just two weeks ago:
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