Calais migrants: Five shot in mass brawl – Four Eritreans in a critical condition.

At least five migrants have been shot during a mass brawl between Afghans and Eritreans in the French port city of Calais, local officials say. A 37-year-old Afghan man is suspected of firing shots at a

At least five migrants have been shot during a mass brawl between Afghans and Eritreans in the French port city of Calais, local officials say.

A 37-year-old Afghan man is suspected of firing shots at a queue for food handouts. Four Eritreans aged between 16 to 18 are in a critical condition.

Hundreds of migrants have converged on the area in an attempt to cross the Channel to the UK.

A sprawling camp known as the “Jungle” was dismantled near Calais in 2016.

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said the violence had reached a new level and accused gangs that try to smuggle migrants to the UK of instigating the violence.

This is the worst outbreak of violence between migrants in Calais for months, and the use of firearms is a worrying escalation of the tensions, the BBC’s Hugh Schofield in Paris reports.

How did the violence unfold?

The cause is not yet clear but an initial fight on the city’s southern outskirts broke out on Thursday afternoon, where migrants had been queuing for food handouts.

Around 100 Eritreans and some 30 Afghans were caught up in the violence, which lasted almost two hours after the shots were fired.

The four critically injured were shot in the neck, chest, abdomen and spine, AFP news agency reported.

A second melee erupted shortly afterwards at an industrial site around 5km (three miles) away, when between 150 and 200 Eritreans armed with iron rods and sticks clashed with about 20 Afghans, the local prefecture said.

Later in the afternoon further violence broke out at a food distribution point in an area of Calais not far from the site of the old “Jungle” camp.

Security forces were sent to the area and there were no reports of incidents during the night.

In total, 22 people were injured, including some with stab wounds, AFP added.

Visiting Calais, Mr Collomb added: “There’s been an escalation of violence that has become unbearable for both the people of Calais and the migrants”.

The government would take control of food distribution, currently done by charities, with those groups working in association with authorities, he said.

Why are the migrants there?

Though the “Jungle” camp was demolished in 2016, hundreds of migrants are still living rough in the nearby woods, hoping to reach the UK. Many are young men.

Local charities put the number of such migrants living in Calais at around 800, while the authorities say there are between 550 and 600.

Mr Collomb urged migrants not to head to Calais if they wanted to try to get to the UK, saying their attempts from there – often trying to hide themselves in lorries – would be unsuccessful.

The Calais “Jungle” became the French symbol of the European migrant crisis, and some 7,000 people – most from the Middle East and Africa – were living there before the area was cleared.

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

Mr Macron has said that France will not allow a new migrant camp to be set up in Calais, and French police have been accused of brutality by some activists.

He is expected to unveil a new migrant policy next month, which will include speeding up the application process for asylum seekers and faster removal of those who fail to be accepted.

Charities and some of the president’s allies have accused the government of taking a hard line on immigration.

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16 COMMENTS
  • shilan February 2, 2018

    Poor and weak Eritreans chased away by their so-called tegadelti “Singapore” country,
    and after being chased away by their all-alien-loving-evil-ghedli “liberators” to anywhere
    even to the country ‘Ethiopia’ that they fought for (30 yrs) to become independent Singaporeans
    have been savagely beaten up, raped and beheaded by the savage sub-human barbarian muslim Arabs
    and now they are being shot and killed in supposedly safe heaven Europe and by who by savage evil muslims.
    Can it get any worse for these poor weak hademti bojbajat Eritreans??? Why can’t they fight back in Eritrea first????

    • shilan February 2, 2018

      correction: even to the country ‘Ethiopia’ that they fought “against” for 30 yrs to become ………….

    • Michael Tesfamariam February 3, 2018

      No one with the right mind should consider Eritreans feeling their home as serious political asylum seekers other than poverty driven desperate economic migrants. Today with this new Eritrean generation it deeply shameful and embarrassing to call yourself as Eritrean. Unless God offers His miracles in the name of those selfless and brave Eritreans who gave their lives for freedom, otherwise there is no sintila prospect of peace and prosperity with this absolutely disgusting and hungry young generation, who knows nothing but bread and gin.

      • aman February 4, 2018

        The new generation is as confused and restless as his/her predecessors b/s every generation is a model for its following generation. Tesfamariam thinks the ghedli generation selfless who sucrificed for the new generation. Wow, what can i say other than remind him that what they brought us is “sidet, mibtan sidrabetat, enwet, diknet, dinkurna, hisretn tifat weledon” derg might have caused physical destruction of eritrea, shaebia has destroyed the future of eritrea. Please keep you belive inside and stop sticking splinter into our wounds. We had it enough. We had bad government but we were not colonized and never asked any one to liberate us.

        • Michael Tesfamariam February 4, 2018

          Sorry, I was just reacting to the incident in which Eritreans were involved in this cheap and embarrassing brawl for food and water just like your fellow Ethiopians. Please do not feel offended if I reminded my fellow Eritrean compatriots about the bravery and heroism of their brothers and sisters who liberated their country from your Ethiopia’s oppressive and barbaric colonisation. You can’t just pretend you are somehow one of those Eritrean citizens who sympathise about the country’s current demotic situation. Yes, you are right as Eritreans we have still got a work to do in eliminating those few in power in Eritrea including Wedi Medhin Berad, Issais send back to their country Ethiopia where they belong to. The reason I was so disappointed to learn that four Eritreans were shot by one Afghan because we typical Eritreans were not known for this kind of disgraceful and deeply shameful fracas for food. The only people who fight for food like dogs are you Ethiopias throughout your history. Sorry to say this but that is the fact.

          • aman February 5, 2018

            Her we go again. Why does it matter where i am from. Transferring ones problem to others does not bring a solution. I do not need to prove to u that i am eritrean, but have lived in ethiopia and know many of them. They are proud and mannered people may be better than u. Any way you are just heapocrit to say this generation is embarasment and not your old generation that shatterred their hope and turned them to become refugees. It also does not matter what you believe but what the reality is. One man can not hijack the freedom unless your entire generation that sacrificed did not know what it was fighting for.

  • rezen February 2, 2018

    One cannot imagine that Eritrea would ever be facing another CRIME ever more cunning, more deceptive, more destructive than the 30-year war for LIBERATION. It was the greatest deception that was ever perpetrated by its own indigenous Houdinis.

    Eritrea was awaken only to find itself in purgatory of Life, designed by its own off-springs. There can never be any scale of CRUELTY than the present situation that Eritreans found themselves immersed into.

    The ever lasting question is: WHY? The answer –based on more than one hundred years (more than 100 years) of cruel experience, is shattering beyond description by mere words. In such psychiatric phenomenon, it is BETTER LEAVE IT THAT WA.Y. and LET REALITY SPEAKS BY ITSELF KINDLY, SLOWLY BUT SURELY.. THE END .

  • Lula February 3, 2018

    ደድሕሪ ደናቑር፣
    ታሪኽ ቋንቋታት መንነት ቅርሲ፣
    ብሓዊ ዘሕረሩ፣
    ብነብሰ ጸልኣት ዝዓወሩ፣
    ናታቶም ፈንፊኖም፣
    ናይ ዒራቕ ስዑድያ ዝናፍቑ፤
    ተዓሚትና ክንምርሽ፣
    ሓንሳብ መጻወቲ ቅያዳ ኣል ዓማ፣
    ሓንሳብ ናይታ ነፋጥ ጀብሃ፣
    ሓንሳብ ናይታ መንደፍ ህግደፍ፣
    ሓንሳብ ናይቶም ሳሕሳሕ ዓረብ፣
    ሎሚ ድማ ናይ ኣፍጋኒስታን ኴና።
    ኣል ሰውራ እንዳበሉ፣
    ዓይናን ዓሚቶም ናብዛ ገደል፣
    ወይ ውርደት !!

  • meretse February 3, 2018

    ሰኣን ኣፍካ ምኽፋት – ብዓንቶብኡ
    ከንፈር ተጣቢቑ – ምስ ተሎጕመ ሽዑ
    ሰሙን ሙሉእ – “እንኮ ኮይና ሓሙስ”
    ኣእምሮካ ኣጥፊኣ – ልብካ ትሕምስ
    ሸው ዝበለ መገዲ – ቀደም ተሪፉና
    ሎሚ እንታይ ንበል – ኣብ ዕጹው ገደና
    ኣሎዋ ክትብላ – ቀደም ተረምረማ
    ንዘሎ ገዲፍክን – ዝሞተ ክተረግማ
    ከበሳ ምስ ሰምሃር – ጕድክን ተሰከማ

  • meretse February 3, 2018

    ቻ’ን ሃይ ቹም ኡም ቦቻይይ…..
    ሓደ ግዜ ንመሳርሕተይ እተዛረብኩዎም ቛንቛ ኢዩ። ክንደይ ቛንቋ ክትዛረቡ ትክእሉ ዝብል ሕቶ ምስ ቀረበ ኣነ ክልተ ኢለ። እቲ ካልኣይ ክትዛረቦ እትክእል ቛንቛ እንታይ’ዩ ዝብል ሕቶ ምስ ቀረበኒ “ቻይና” ዝብል መልሲ ሃብኹ። ኩሎም ከኣ ደንጸዎም። ቛንቋ ቻይና ከምዝክእል ክፈልጡ ስለ ዝደለዩ ከኣ እስኪ ሓደ ክልተ ቓላት ናይ ቻይና ኣውጽእ ዝብል ሕቶ ምስ ቀረበኒ ዘውጻእኩዎም ቃላት ኢዮም። ዳርጋ ኩሎም ኣብኡ ዝነበሩ ፡ ዋላኻ ናይ ሩሑቕ ምስራቕ መወለድ ይሃልዎም እምበርቛንቛ ቻይና ይፈልጡ ስለ ዘነበሩ ግር በሎም። የታልሎም ከይህሉ ደጋጊሞም ንዘቅረብዎ ሕቶታ’ውን ኣብ ገጸይ ሓደ ምልክት ከይ ኣርኣኩ ክምልስ በቃዕኩ። ጭራሽ ክኣምኑ ስለ ዘይከኣሉ ግን ሓንቲ “ኢለን” ዝተባሃለት መሳርሕትና ብላንባዲና ደልዮም ከምትመጽእ ገበሩ። ኢለን ቛንቛ ቻይና ንኣፍሪቃ መን ወሲድዎ ዝብል ድሑር ስምዒት ሒዛ ዝተጓየየት ክትመስል፡ ብስመይ ጸዊዓ ፡ ብሓቂ ንስካ ቛንቋ ቻይና ክትዛረብ ትክእል ኢካ? ዝብል ሕቶ ዱብ ኣበለትለይ።
    ተረጋግኢ ። ብርግጽ ኣነ ቛንቛ ቻይና ክዛረብ ይክእል ኢየ። እስኪ ሕጂ ምሳይ ተዛራብ። ግርም ኢለ ነዞም ኣብ ላዕሊ ጠቕሰዮም ዘሎኹ ቓላት ደጎምኹላ። እቶም ዝሰምዑ ዝነበሩ መቛርስቲ ሓቑ ድዩ ቛንቋ ቻይና ክዛረብ ይክእል ኢሎም ምስ ሓተትዋ ፡ ሓደ ወይ ክልተ ቃላት ቻይና ዝጥዕማ ኣሎዋ፡ ዝተረፈ ግን እንድዒ በለት።
    ሩሑቕ ከይከዱ እዚ ቛንቛ ኣነ ዝፈልጦ ናይ “ኣሪቃዋን ቻይና” ኣፍሪካን ቻይኒዝ ዝዛረብዎ ኢለ ድርቕ ምስ በልኹ ንኢለን ገደዳ። ኢለን ነዚ ነገር እዚ ከየረጋገጽኩ ዝድቕስ ከይመስለካ ኢላ ኾደብደብ በለት። ዘይእመን ኢዩ። ኣይትእመንዎ ኣታ! ምልስ ኢላ ንምዃኑ ኣብ ኣየናይ ዘመን ፣ መኣስ ዝመጽኡ ኢዮም? ክትብል ምስ በለትኒ? ኣብቲ ጥዑም ግዜ፡ ኣፍሪቓ ሃብታምን ከላ ዝተሰደዱ ኢዮም ምስ በልክዋ ብፍላይ ብድካም ልቢ ሽዑ ከይትመውት ተፍርሕ ኔራ። ግን ንምንታይ እዚ ኩሉ ሕርቃን?
    ንግዜኡ ኣብዚ ከቛርጻ’የ እታ ታሪክ
    ደጊመ ግን ኢለን ኣብ ምንታያ ስለ ዝተተንከፈት ኢያ ዓቢዳ?

  • k.tewolde February 3, 2018

    ‘ንዘሎ ገዲፍክን – ዝሞተ ክተረግማ
    ከበሳ ምስ ሰምሃር – ጕድክን ተሰከማ’……….you can’t convey it in better language or place it in a better context meretse. Generation come and generation go,it is a perpetual natural cycle,each one has its own identity.In the USA, the great depression gen. (tough,resilient),the 50’s gen.( rock n roll) ,the baby boomer gen. (peace,love,music)….In Eritrea the colonial era gen(nostalgic),the ghedli era gen.(combatant),post liberation/dictatorship gen.(?). It is hard for me to label this generation because it is up to them to create it,..you can’t spend your life blaming the older one.You don’t like something,change it don’t run away from it,don’t fight with somebody who left his home for the same reason you did over a bread line because the people who displaced you are laughing at you from your respective home.It looks like it is going to be a generational gap here and that gap will be filled,guess by who? I don’t want even mention the misnomer.

    • almaz February 3, 2018

      I can answer that question k tewelde. I am close to hitting 30 and feel i belong to your questio mark generation or the confussed generation. Oops i disclosed it.

  • meretse February 3, 2018

    You have read my mind precisely brother K.Tewolde.
    Thanks for your positive input.

    • k.tewolde February 3, 2018

      You bet, don’t hold back your rare,intuitive and gifted contribution to this medium.Despite all the chatter people are listening and soaking it up.Thank you! instead.

  • HADE February 6, 2018

    ………..Eritreans brawling with Afghans Whiling waiting for handouts ……………………………

    Hmmmm,

    This is white men call DIENG IN VAIN . THE MARTYERS DIED FOR NO REASON , BUT PROPOGANDA .

  • meretse February 6, 2018

    This is white men call DIENG IN VAIN” >>> ጸዓዱ ክምስሉ ሞት ንብላሽ
    “THE MARTYERS DIED FOR NO REASON, BUT PROPOGANDA.” ምክንያት ዘይብሉ መስዋእቲ ፡ መናፍሕ ጥራሕ”
    እቲ እተከፍለ መስዋእቲ ብቑዕ ምክንያት እምነ መሰረት ጌሩ ንሓደ ንጹር ዕላማ ዝተከፍለ ኢዩ ኔሩ። እንተኾነ ግን ናጽነት ዝቅበል ወሎዶ ግን ኔሩዶ ኣይነበረን ዝብል ሕቶ ግን ክሳብ ሕጂ መልሲ ዘይረከበ ሕቶ ኢዩ። ኣብ ማእከል ከተም ይኹን ኣብ በረካ ምስ ወተሃደራዊ ሓይሊ ገጢሙ ዝሰዓረ ህዝቢ ውጽኢት ቃልሲ ንሓደ ሰብ ኣሕሊፉ ሂብዎ። ኣብ’ዚ ዝሕመ ኩሉ ህዝቢ ኤረትራ ኢዩ። ማለት ብዘይ ሌላን ጉሌላን። ብውሽጡ ዓወት ውልቀሰባት ብደግኡ ግን “ዓወት ንሓፍሽ” እናበለ ከተልል እንከሎ ብንግሆኡ ከለልዮ ኔርዎ። “ሓዊ ይኣትወካ” ዝብል ኣውይት ሰሚዑ ከምዘይ ሰምዔ ሻላ ኢልዎ ሓሊፉ። ፈርዛም ምክንያታት ተመርዅሱ ንዓመታት ኣዒንቱ ሸፊኑ። እቲ ዘገርም ጽባሕ ናጽነት ናጽነት ንዘምጽኡ ተቃልስቲ ኣብ ቅድሚ ዓይኖም ክዝሕዝሖም እንከሎ ብሒም ዝበለ መንእሰይ ይኹን ዓቢ፡ ተጋዳልይ ይኹን ገባር ኣይነበረን። እስኪ እዚስ ቀደም ኢዩ ንበሎ >> ዓሚ ቅድሚ ዓሚ ኣብ ማእከል ከተማ እስመራ ደቖምን ኣሕዋቶምን ብጥይት ክቕዘፉ እንከሎዉ >>>ብጩቕ ዝብል ሰብ ኣይተርእየን ። ቅድሚ ሰለስተ ወርሒ መዓንጠኦም ዘይቖጸሩ ተማሃሮ ኣክርያ ጠያይቲ ክትኾሶም እንከሎ ኣብ ኣፈገ ድዃውንቶም ኾይኖም ደኣ ይዕዘቡ ነበሩ እምበር እስኪ ሎምስ ክንሕወሶም ዝበለ ኣካል ኣይነበረን። ኣብ ማእከል ዓድካ ብሒም ትጸልእ፡ ኣብ ሃገር እንዳማትካ ግን ከም ጣሻ እንበሳ ብዝብኢ እትደፍረ ትሕምሕም። እቲ ኣብ ከተማ ካሌስ (ፍራንሳ) ዝተካየደ ዘሕዝን ኢዩ። ማዕረ ማዕርኡ ግን ኣሎ ዝተባህለ መንእሰይ ስፍስፍ ኢሉ ክትርእዮ እንከሎኻ ካባይን ኣበይን ዝበቖለ ኢዩ ዘብለካ። ክንድ’ዚ ዝሓሊ እንተኾይኑ ንወገኑ ደኣ እንታይ ኢዱን እግርን ጠሚርዎ ኔሩ እዚ ኹሉ ግፍዒ ኣብ ማእከል ዓዱ ክፍጸም? ኣብ ዓዱ ከም ሓንቲ ዘይተነፍሐት ዅዕሾ እግሪ ጥቅልል ወይ ተዓጻጺፉ ይነብር፡ ካብ ኦኣዱ ምስ ወጽኤ ግን ከም ካብ መጠና ንላዕሊ ዝተነፍሐት ዅዕሾ እግሪ ክናጠርን ሜዳ ክጸቦን ትርኢ። እዚ ኣይጋዶን ዶ? ዝኾነ ኾይኑ እታ ኹዕሶ ምስ ተነፈሐት’ሲ ዓድኹም ከኣ ኣይትረስዕዋ? “እንተላይ ፋሕ በሉ”።

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