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IN PICTURES: ‘Guerrilla Warfare’ As Knife Wielding Calais Migrants Attempt Lorry Hijack

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A gang of migrants attempted to hijack lories near Calais as the ‘Jungle’ camp descended in ‘Guerrilla warfare’ over night. They threw logs and rocks at moving trucks, brandishing batons and potentially, knives.

The BBC first reported the attempted lorry jacking as night fell. Migrants held up the trucks on the motorway by placing large objects in the road and throwing missiles at vehicle.

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Cars were reportedly forced to stop by the side of the road, some with smashed windscreens, others with burst tyres.

Images show the migrants brandishing offensive weapons, and one witness said some were carrying knives.

“It was like a scene from guerrilla warfare, they were stoning the cars. They came towards us pointing knives,” an unnamed woman told Europe1 radio.

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Demolition teams began their “gentle” and “gradual” destruction of the burgeoning shanty-town yesterday. About 100 shacks were dismantled and at least 12 shelters were set ablaze.

Groups of migrants threw rock and refusing the leave the rooftops of their huts. Police responded with tear gas and water cannon. At least four people, including activists from the UK-based No Borders group, were arrested during the unrest, police say.

CALAIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 29: Police officers confront migrants and activists as part of the 'jungle' migrant camp is cleared on February 29, 2016 in Calais, France The French authorities have begun dismantling part of the migrant encampment in the northern French town of Calais and relocating people to purpose-built accommodation nearby. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Police officers confront migrants and activists as part of the ‘jungle’ migrant camp is cleared on February 29, 2016 in Calais – Carl Court/Getty.

Shacks are burning during the dismantling of half of the "Jungle" migrant camp in the French northern port city of Calais, on February 29, 2016. Clashes broke out between French riot police and migrants on February 29 as bulldozers moved into the grim shantytown on the edge of Calais known as the "Jungle" to start destroying hundreds of makeshift shelters. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Shacks are burning during the dismantling of half of the “Jungle” migrant camp in the French northern port city of Calais, on February 29, 2016 – PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty.

Last week a French judge approved plans to evict hundreds of migrants and demolish the southern side of the camp. The northern side, meanwhile, containing shops, a mosque, and the new permanent accommodation built by the authorities, was spared.

“We are carrying out our orders so that the migrants leave the camp and we will continue this work this morning… so that the destruction work can continue calmly and that the migrants are not under pressure from the No Borders activists,” said local authority head Fabienne Buccio on Monday.

CALAIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 29: Police officers face activists and migrants as part of the 'jungle' migrant camp is cleared on February 29, 2016 in Calais, France The French authorities have begun dismantling part of the migrant encampment in the northern French town of Calais and relocating people to purpose-built accommodation nearby. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Police officers face activists and migrants as part of the ‘jungle’ migrant camp is cleared on February 29, 2016 – Carl Court/Getty Images

She also accused No Borders activists of threatening staff who had been sent to the camp on Friday to convince migrants to leave the camp for official shelters. The British left-wingers have planned an “emergency demonstration” at 7:30 tonight.

Pro-migrant activists claimed 3,500 people would be displaced. The authority, however, insisted that the number would be less than 1000.

Official accommodation for hundreds of migrants has recently been built on the northern side of the camp out of shipping containers. The homes have proven unpopular because cooking fires are not allowed.

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CALAIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 29: Activists hide from a water cannon as part of the 'jungle' migrant camp is cleared on February 29, 2016 in Calais, France The French authorities have begun dismantling part of the migrant encampment in the northern French town of Calais and relocating people to purpose-built accommodation nearby. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Activists hide from a water cannon as part of the ‘jungle’ migrant camp is cleared on February 29, 2016 – Carl Court/Getty


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