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Calais Jungle Demolition Pictures: Chaos as Fires Blaze, Migrants May Return

Fires continue to rage across the Jungle migrant camp in Calais today as the French authorities sent in bulldozers to clear the ‘jungle’ shantytown.

Last night fire crews were pelted with stones and debris as they tried to help migrants injured by exploding gas bottles, in a fire said to have been started by British anarchists.

Footage of the camp shows thick clouds of black smoke hanging across the skyline as the migrants start to move out, carrying their belongings on to waiting busses. Police equipped with water cannon are standing by, while French workers wielding sledgehammers begin the task of dismantling the temporary structures which have sprung up over the last year or so.

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People try to move a caravan as smoke rises from fires at the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 26, 2016, during a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement where 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions. Fresh fires broke out on October 26 in the "Jungle" camp on the second day of operations to tear down the squalid settlement in northern France, sending migrants fleeing with their meagre belongings. Huge clouds of black smoke billowed over the sprawling camp near Calais where up to 4,000 migrants remain as authorities continue to evacuate residents and dismantle their makeshift dwellings. / AFP / François NASCIMBENI (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images)

People try to move a caravan as smoke rises from fires at the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais. FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images

 

A migrant cycles as another one cycles next to him as makeshift shelters are on fire at the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 26, 2016 during a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement where 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions. Fresh fires broke out on October 26, 2016 in the "Jungle" camp on the second day of operations to tear down the squalid settlement in northern France, sending migrants fleeing with their meagre belongings. Huge clouds of black smoke billowed over the sprawling camp near Calais where up to 4,000 migrants remain as authorities continue to evacuate residents and dismantle their makeshift dwellings. / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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A member of the demolition crew runs next to a makeshift shelter on fire at the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 26, 2016 during a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement where 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions. Fresh fires broke out on October 26, 2016 in the "Jungle" camp on the second day of operations to tear down the squalid settlement in northern France, sending migrants fleeing with their meagre belongings. Huge clouds of black smoke billowed over the sprawling camp near Calais where up to 4,000 migrants remain as authorities continue to evacuate residents and dismantle their makeshift dwellings. / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

A member of the demolition crew runs next to a makeshift shelter on fire .Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

French Police Commissioner Patrick Visser-Bourdon told the Daily Mail that members of the anarchist group ‘No Borders’ sneaked into the camp in the early hours of the morning to set the fire as an “act of resistance,” targeting gas cylinders used by migrants to cook, and to heat their shelters.

“We are investigating these claims, and trying to find those responsible. The migrants were not responsible but we are investigating,” he said.

Volunteer fire fighters were attacked as they attempted to tackle the main blaze, a spokesman for the prefecture said, adding: ‘There were smaller fires in other parts of the camp, and migrants suffered injuries as they protested against demolition. Stones and other projectiles were meanwhile thrown at those trying to put out the fires, and riot police had to intervene.”

The approximately 10,000 camp residents have congregated in the area since it was last partially cleared in February, in an attempt to cross the Channel to claim asylum in the UK. The camp was also set alight during that demolition.

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A French gendarme stands guard as migrants queue for transportation to reception centres across France, at the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais

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A French anti-riot police officer stands guard by migrants wrapped in blankets while they queue for transportation by bus to reception centres across France, from the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 26, 2016 as part of the full evacuation of the camp. Demolition crews continue to tear down the notorious "Jungle" migrant camp, one of the biggest in Europe where 6,000-8,000 people -- among them an estimated 1,300 children -- have been living in dire conditions. / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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But while some migrants have accepted they will not be allowed to do so, others have vowed to keep trying.

“France is a good country but just not right for me and my situation,” a 32-year-old Afghan, who gave his name only as Khan, told ABC News.

But 21-year-old Afghan migrant Aarash conceded “We know the Jungle is over,” as he made his way toward the hanger where officials were processing asylum applications.

Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart, has told Le Parisien that she is relieved the Jungle is finally being cleared, but added she couldn’t comprehend why it had not happened sooner. “If [the authorities] had listened to me earlier, we would have avoided seeing 10,000 migrants come here,” she said.

She also admitted to being worried, as “questions remain.

“Many migrants say they are willing to leave, but they still hope to come back and go to England.

“We also want to know the detailed arrangements for the destruction of the Jungle. Above all, no plans have been put forward to prevent a new Jungle being formed, while dozens of migrants arrive every day.”

She added: “We don’t want [the Jungle to reform]. I therefore request that a police force should be maintained as necessary. The problem must also be addressed upstream, at the European level.”

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A fire burns at the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 26, 2016 AP Photo

Migrants look at smoke rising over makeshift shelters on fire at the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 26, 2016 during a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement where 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions. Fresh fires broke out on October 26, 2016 in the "Jungle" camp on the second day of operations to tear down the squalid settlement in northern France, sending migrants fleeing with their meagre belongings. Huge clouds of black smoke billowed over the sprawling camp near Calais where up to 4,000 migrants remain as authorities continue to evacuate residents and dismantle their makeshift dwellings. / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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People watch as smoke rises from fires at the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 26, 2016, during a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement where 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions. Fresh fires broke out on October 26 in the "Jungle" camp on the second day of operations to tear down the squalid settlement in northern France, sending migrants fleeing with their meagre belongings. Huge clouds of black smoke billowed over the sprawling camp near Calais where up to 4,000 migrants remain as authorities continue to evacuate residents and dismantle their makeshift dwellings. / AFP / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

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CALAIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 26: A fireman attempts to douse a blaze as fire takes hold in the notorious Jungle camp as migrants leave and the authorities demolish the site on October 26, 2016 in Calais, France. Overnight fires broke out in many parts of the camp destroying shacks and makeshift shops along the camps main street. Many migrants have left by coach to be reloctated at centres across France. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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Migrants walk past burning makeshift shelters during fires at the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 26, 2016, during a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement where 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions. Fresh fires broke out on October 26 in the "Jungle" migrant camp on the second day of operations to dismantle the squalid settlement in northern France. Smoke billowed over the sprawling camp near Calais for a second day amid fears that abandoned gas cylinders could explode. / AFP / François NASCIMBENI (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Meanwhile the French right, including the National Front have warned that shipping the migrants to spots around France would lead to numerous “little Calaises” around France.

Eric Ciotti, MP for the Alpes-Maritimes and in charge of security for the Republicans party, said: “Multiplying little Calaises around France is a tragic error that smacks of provocation. It will exacerbate tensions, and perhaps violence, everywhere in the regions.”

CALAIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 26: Migrants pack up and leave notorious Jungle camp as authorities demolish the site on October 26, 2016 in Calais, France. Overnight fires broke out in many parts of the camp destroying shacks and makeshift shops along the camps main street. Many migrants have left by coach to be reloctated at centres across France. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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TOPSHOT - Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a makeshift shelter at the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 26, 2016, during a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement where 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions. Fresh fires broke out on October 26 in the "Jungle" migrant camp on the second day of operations to dismantle the squalid settlement in northern France. Smoke billowed over the sprawling camp near Calais for a second day amid fears that abandoned gas cylinders could explode. / AFP / François NASCIMBENI (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Migrants Leave The Jungle Refugee Camp In Calais

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