12:46 GMT +318 June 2019
Listen Live
    Men pray  in the migrants and refugee camp in Calais, northern France (File)

    French Calais Port Closed After Several Migrants Rescued From Water

    © AFP 2019 / PHILIPPE HUGUEN
    Europe
    Get short URL
    245

    According to media reports, french authorities closed the main city port of Calais for several hours, after a number of migrants had been rescued from the water in an attempt to leave the nearby refugee camp.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The French authorities closed the main city port of Calais for several hours, after a number of migrants had been rescued from the water in an attempt to leave the nearby refugee camp, media reported Saturday.

    According to the Sky News television broadcaster, the rescue operation was immediately launched, while the migrants have been taken to hospital.

    The French port town of Calais has been hosting for months thousands of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, who seek to travel via the Channel Tunnel to the United Kingdom, where they intend to apply for asylum.

    In recent weeks, local authorities have repeatedly prevented Calais migrants' attempts to leave the camp.

    Related:

    Some 5,000 Refugees Still Living in Calais 'Jungle' Camp - MSF
    Mass Brawl at Calais Migrant Camp Leaves 40 Injured
    UK to Fund Extension of Calais Wall to Avoid ‘Migrant Invasion’
    Tags:
    refugee camp, Calais, France
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik