Five shot during violent clashes between migrants in Calais

A group of migrants carrying sticks during clashes near the ferry port in Calais northern France

"Around 150-200 Eritreans migrants armed with sticks were attacking around 20 Afghans", according to reports, with police eventually stepping in to help diffuse the violence and protect the victims. Police are searching for a 37-year-old Afghan man suspected to have taken part in the shooting, according to the France 24 website.

A fight pitting Afghan migrants against African migrants started Thursday afternoon close to a hospital where meals were being distributed, France Info reported.

Earlier this month, President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Theresa May signed a treaty to speed up the processing of migrants in Calais.

Fighting broke out between Afghans and Eritreans on least five different sites in and around the northern French port.

Crucially, Macron did not seek to renegotiate a controversial 2003 deal effectively pushing Britain's borders back onto French soil.

He has vowed to step up deportations while speeding up waiting times for bona fide asylum seekers an approach he touts as mixing "humanity" and "efficiency".

Two police officers were injured during the clashes and security reinforcements were deployed.

Mr Macron also travelled to the United Kingdom where Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to pay more to help stop migrants reaching the United Kingdom, and to take in more minors who are without their family.

Many migrants travel to Calais with hopes of finding a better life and crossing the channel over to Britain.

Aid organizations in Calais said that violent outbreaks would recur if the French government did not improve conditions for migrants stuck in legal limbo.

Firearms are rare among migrants.

The migrants have the option of going to reception centers where they can apply for asylum in Calais or elsewhere around the country.

Ms Bernard said limits and severe delays in the family reunification process and the Dubs Amendment were leaving children with a right to come to Britain languishing in Calais, with many of them caught up in the violence.

Calais remains a magnet for hundreds of young people determined to reach the UK.

Police tackling the riots using batons and teargas as they worked to restore order in Calais.

However, humanitarian organizations say Europe's convoluted asylum process makes it almost impossible for people to get the help they need.

The grim conditions, made worse by a particularly wet winter, have led to tensions between groups of migrants from different regions that sometimes spills over into violence.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tyler Public Library hosts Black history film collection
Feb 03, 2018 - 07:18
The Framingham High library has a display to mark Black History Month. Here's our list of the top 15 black folks to make history in 2017.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Spanish police foil 4-tonne orange heist
Feb 02, 2018 - 12:01
While one was being driven by a couple and their adult son, the other was a tourism auto driven by two brothers. The Spanish police were involved in a vehicle chase that lead them to discover over 4 tons of stolen oranges .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Shell wins nine of 19 blocks awarded in Mexico oil auction
Feb 02, 2018 - 11:46

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Alex Smith traded to Redskins, changes Browns potential QB list
Feb 01, 2018 - 00:45
Foles labeled Smith as a player who "can turn a locker room around", calling him "one of the most athletic guys" in the NFL . With Smith playing for Washington in the NFC, the Chiefs won't even play against him in the regular season until 2021.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Manchester City make Riyad Mahrez enquiry after Leroy Sané injury
Feb 01, 2018 - 00:42
However, in a twist, the Premier League leaders have now pulled out of the deal, Sky Sports reporter Ben Ransom claims. We spoke many times with the club about what is the best for the players we have and the amount of players we have.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Former NBA player, wife die in auto crash
Feb 01, 2018 - 00:42
LaBelle, 31, appeared on " American Idol " as a teenager in 2004, finishing in 12th place during the show's third season. Clippers are deeply saddened by the loss of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle ", the statement read.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Japan's Fujifilm to take over Xerox
Feb 01, 2018 - 00:41
Fujifilm will utilize those returns to buy 50.1 percent of new Xerox shares. Significant margin expansion is also expected over the next four years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Putin says US list of Russians is 'hostile step'
Feb 01, 2018 - 00:41
The list came amid the ongoing investigations in the US Congress of Trump campaign's purported links to Moscow. The Russian leader stated "it is definitely an unfriendly act". "I think there is no essential change".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Facebook Says It Will Prioritize Local News Posts
Feb 01, 2018 - 00:41
The spending spree includes new warehouses full of servers and thousands of new workers to review content posted by users. The social network will use the links clicked by readers living in a small geographic area to identify local publishers.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Magic Johnson: Fire MSU Staff That Didn't Do Anything About Sexual Assaults
Jan 31, 2018 - 05:04
A school spokesman says Thomashow was told the investigation had resulted in recommended policy changes at the Sports Medicine clinic where Nassar worked.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Clippers send Blake Griffin to Pistons in 6-player deal
Jan 31, 2018 - 05:03
However, in the 40 games he played with Detroit , he averaged 15 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on 31.7 minutes of action. Harris and Bradley were starting in Detroit and it is expected that they'll be starting for the Clippers now.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Turkey Detains Medical Association Members over Syria Offensive Criticism
Jan 31, 2018 - 05:01
It said prosecutors had issued warrants for 11 members of the association. The US has mostly just ignored those warnings.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump hints at fight over $1 trillion trade with Europe
Jan 30, 2018 - 01:06
Will react if trade restricted Meanwhile, EU said it will react swiftly if the United States restricts its exports. But Europe warned of a "robust response" if there were a trade war.

United Kingdom ministers pledge business as usual with European Union during Brexit transition
Jan 30, 2018 - 01:06
Leading Brexit-supporting Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg warned last week that such a situation would leave Britain as a "vassal state" of the EU.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama man in judicial override case
Jan 29, 2018 - 03:35
Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch were opposed to the stay, according to the order issued Thursday evening. Madison's attorneys, from the Equal Justice Initiative, filed a petition on his behalf with the Supreme Court on Wednesday.