LILLE/England’s capital city About 200 migrants bankrupt into the Channel Tunnel from France while you are a great many hundred others delayed trucks near Calais connection on Saturday in rejuvanted tension throughout the send for migrants aiming to gain Britain.
Roughly 200 migrants entered Eurotunnel’s terminal after midnight by pulling down fencing, with 120 getting into the tunnel before being intercepted inside by French police, the company and police said.
Services resumed at around 8.30am GMT but delays continued throughout the day but Eurotunnel said trains were now running on time in both directions with “virtually” no queues.
“Such a large group had no chance of reaching the United Kingdom, so this was clearly an organised attack aimed at drawing media attention to the desperate situation of the migrants who are stuck in Calais”, Eurotunnel said in a statement.
Days earlier a man died when he was electrocuted at the tunnel entrance.
British authorities worked with French police to clear the tracks.
He said the group “ran through the terminal, pinning a number of staff members to the ground and throwing stones at them”. During the incident, 10 people – seven of them migrants – suffered minor injuries, a firefighter at the scene said.
“This is unseen before and a very determined and clearly organised attack with no fear of security forces or police”.
Migrants in makeshift camps outside known as the “jungle” regularly try to reach Britain by hiding in lorries and trains.
Police intervened to prevent the group, which a police source put at least 300, from entering the port.
Le Shuttle passenger and freight services have been suspended “until further notice” because of “safety reasons” – but there are no trains stopped in the tunnel. The HGV driver discovered the body in the back of his vehicle near Calais port as he inspected his load after he was forced to brake suddenly.
At the peak of the crisis during the summer, there were about 2,000 attempts to board lorries or trains illegally per night – but this number has since fallen. European countries are struggling to agree on how best to tackle the huge inflows of people fleeing conflicts or poverty in the and.