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Migrant camp blaze leaves 1,400 without shelter


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Migrant camp blaze leaves 1,400 without shelter

Authorities in France are in a race against time to find accomodation for around 1,400 migrants after a camp was destroyed by fire.

The blaze started during a fight between Kurds and Afghans at the Grande-Synthe camp, near the port of Dunkirk.

At least ten people were injured, six with knife wounds.

The mayor of Grande-Synthe is Damien Careme:“The camp was not built to last and we need solutions. Some places have been made availiable, but we need more. We responded to a humanitarian emergency and the camp reached its limit and now it’s 80 percent destroyed. So we need places to stay after what happened last night.”

There have been a number of violent incidents at the camp after more Afghans arrived and increased tensions with the Kurds.