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Calais Jungle mosque set ON FIRE as migrants build barricades to block authorities

SEVERAL shelters in the Calais Jungle including a makeshift mosque have been set on fire in the Calais jungle as migrants refusing to leave the shanty town build barricades in a bid to block authorities from dismantling the camp.


Plumes of smoke could be seen from Calais town centre as several shelters, restaurants and a mosque were set alight, according to witnesses.

The huge blaze started at around 4.30pm local time after a series of fires were started yesterday in the makeshift shanty town which is currently being dismantled by authorities.

A witness posted on Twitter: “Stuck between the Jungle which is on fire and the ring road. Migrants don’’t know where to go and are running towards the road.”

Tensions have been mounting in the Calais Jungle today, with migrants and volunteers confronting riot police as authorities pushed ahead with destroying the southern part of the camp.

One witness claimed the fires were started by French riot police “to accelerate the destruction of the Jungle”.

Several shelters were also set on fire by groups refusing to leave the camp.

French firemen accompanied by riot police were forced to intervene during the evening as the blaze raged in the squalid shanty town.

Migrants formed barricades, set a fire and “wanted to throw a gas canister on it”.

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