A bunch of four migrants were hospitalised in a northern France refugee camp yesterday after a gun battle broke out between rival gangs, with an estimated 40 rounds fired.
A charity source told media the violence appeared to have been triggered by disputes between rival smuggling gangs, of Lebanese and Afghan origin boiled over. The French charity source, who declined to be named or identify his organisation to avoid being targeted, said the incident appeared to be caused by a rift between smugglers.
Some 3,000 people, many of them Iraqi Kurds, live in the makeshift camp in the town of Grande-Synthe near Dunkirk and just 35 km away from the so-called “Jungle” camp in Calais on France’s north coast.
— Cécile de Kervasdoué (@lakervas) January 26, 2016
Two were injured by firearms, one stabbed and the other beaten with a stick during the fight, reports Le Parisien. One man has been arrested for “attempted murder”.
French riot police moved in to calm the situation after the shots were fired, and teams with sniffer dogs swept the camp looking for weapons and explosives.
The Dunkirk Grande-Synthe camp is the came one visited by UK hard-left politician and leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn last week. While visiting the camp, which sprawls across wooded land to the west of the town Mr. Corbyn paused for ‘selfies’ with migrants and praised the European Union and Germany’s ‘open door’ policy which had led the thousands to be there, waiting for a chance to sneak into the United Kingdom.
It's caption o'clock. Corbyn in Calais today. pic.twitter.com/Egf3mlB6nQ
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Breitbart London reported Mr. Corbyn’s remarks when he said: “What I’m trying to achieve here is to understand the nature of the refugee crisis that’s facing the whole of Europe. Ultimately we deal with the situation by dealing with the problem at its source, which are the wars and conflicts.
“We have got people here who have been here for months, if not longer than that, with no proper education, no access to doctors, no access to dentists, limited access to food – in very cold, very wet conditions.
“These conditions are a disgrace anywhere. We as human beings have to reach out to fellow human beings”.
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