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More than 800 migrants try to storm Channel Tunnel in France

Some 800 to 1,000 migrants try to break into the Channel Tunnel

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File photo: A refugee climbs a security fence of a Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles near Calais, northern France back in June Photo: Getty Images

Some 800 to 1,000 migrants tried on Thursday to break into the Channel Tunnel near France’s port city Calais in a desperate bid to reach Britain, local officials said.

“We noted the presence of 800 to 1,000 migrants” near the tunnel, a local official told AFP, as a police source described the number seeking to cross the Channel as “unprecedented” for a single day.

“As they approached the tunnel, several migrants tried hard to slow down the flow of traffic so they could climb into the trucks,” the source said.

File photo: refugees run after crossing a fence as they attempt to access the Channel Tunnel in Frethun, near Calais, France back in AugustFile photo: refugees run after crossing a fence as they attempt to access the Channel Tunnel in Frethun, near Calais, France back in August  Photo: Reuters

An AFP journalist at the scene saw some people climb on top of trucks heading towards Britain.

“Security forces were deployed … objects were being thrown at them, and they had to resort to using tear gas,” police said in a statement.

Some 4,500 people fleeing war and poverty in Asia, the Middle East and Africa live in notoriously squalid conditions in a makeshift camp in Calais known as the “Jungle”.

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Earlier this month a 16-year-old Sudanese boy was hit by a van on a motorway close to the Channel Tunnel, becoming the 18th person to die trying to reach Britain from Calais since June.

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