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Report: French Refugee Camp 'No-Go Zone' for Police

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Afghan migrants wash on a scorching hot day in the migrant camp in Calais, northern France, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. There are more than 6,000 migrants fleeing conflict zones or poverty, according to local officials, at the rapidly growing new Jungle camp outside Calais, hoping to make it across the English Channel to Britain. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

By    |   Monday, 29 Aug 2016 08:28 PM

Inter-ethnic violence in a teeming refugee camp in the port city of Calais, France, has made it a veritable "no-go zone" for police, The Telegraph reported Monday.

Half of the camp, known as the "Jungle," was demolished several months ago, but that has only worsened the strife as record numbers of refugees from Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq and other war-torn countries continue to cram into the camp, many hoping to make it to nearby Great Britain.

"It's an explosive situation. There are fights all the time in the camp," police union official Gilles Debove told the paper.

One 23-year-old Afghan told The Telegraph the Jungle has gotten more crowded and more dangerous during his two months there.

"There are fights all the time now," he said. "You can get stabbed here for your money."

Up to 80 more refugees arrive daily, he said, adding: "Every night there are about 1,000 migrants on the roads leading to the ferry port and to the Channel tunnel entrance," where they attempt to jump onto trucks to take them to the English side.

French officials have tried letting them know of their rights to asylum in France, and many have said they want to stay. Others are discouraged by how long it takes to go through the asylum process.

Only 30 leave daily by official means. A video accompanying the story showed migrants throwing sticks and other objects at trucks passing as they tried to slow them so they could hop on-board.

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