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Calais ‘Jungle’: Fires rage across migrant camp

French operation to demolish the migrant camp ‘Jungle’ faced to the unexpected events during the demolition the camp. Someone set the dozens of fires overnight and in the morning on October 26.

On Monday, the French authorities started the operation on demolishing the biggest migrant camp ‘Jungle’ in Calais. The clearance began on October 24, about 4,000 of some 7,000 migrants have been taken from the squalid camp to shelters around France.

BBC’s Simon Jones reported on fires at the camp on Wednesday. He says huts were set on fire overnight on the main street leading into the camp, leaving them in ashes. Migrants, in fact, have no desire to leave ‘Jungle’ and did not want to see their shelters taken down by the French authorities. The setting camp in the fire was the migrants’ answer, clear and loud.

According to the schedule of the prefect of Pas-de-Calais the ‘Jungle’ should be demolished on Wednesday, all the evacuation operations planned to be finished on Wednesday. The migrant camp ‘Jungle’ has become a key symbol of EU’s migration crisis, with its residents desperate to reach the UK.

‘Jungle’ camp demolition process

The Frenc officials asked the crews to be very polite while demolishing the migrant camp. Workers in hard hats and orange jumpsuits pulled down unoccupied tents and shacks.
The work was carried out mostly by hand, and in a low-key manner, as the authorities believed sending in bulldozers would send the wrong message.