Shots fired in migrant chaos before vessel sank in Channel as teen reveals horror ordeal | The SunAugust 14, 2023
ILLEGAL migrants trying to reach Britain from Dunkirk fired shots just hours before a small boat sank in the Channel.
Chaos broke out at the French camp Grande-Synthe on Friday as migrants scrambled to board dinghies.
A teenager told The Times the violence was sparked after Afghan migrants tried to get on boats provided by Kurdish smuggling gangs.
The youngster said: “I think there was a fight between Kurds and Afghans, but I am not too sure really. I just hid.
"There was screaming too."
Migrants living in Grande-Synthe say fights often break out between different nationalities.
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Another teen said: “It happens all the time.
“I think they just fire their guns in the air mainly to frighten each other.
"This place is full of bad people.”
It comes as a small boat sank in the Channel in the early hours of Saturday, killing six people.
The overcrowded dinghy was carrying 65 people.
Five were taken to a hospital in Kent, three suffered from hypothermia, while a further two are feared missing.
More than 100,000 illegal migrants have now arrived on small boats – equivalent to a town the size of Rochdale.
The milestone figure, revealed by the Home Office last week, sparked anger from Tory MPs and ignited fresh calls for Rishi Sunak to quit the European Court of Human Rights.
Around 750 people crossed the Channel today in 11 small boats to take the total since 2018 into six figures.
A staggering 60,000 illegal migrants hit British shores in the past 18 months alone despite repeated promises to stop the boats.
Tory deputy chair Lee Anderson exploded over the influx and called for “drastic measures” to grip the problem.
He said: “I’m very angry about the number. Again, very angry, as you know, every single day when I see these illegal migrants and let’s be clear on what they are.
“They're illegal migrants. They're not genuine asylum seekers.”
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The PM has staked his premiership on curbing boat crossings and is banking on the Supreme Court backing his Rwanda deportation scheme.
Many of his own ministers and MPs are now telling him to be prepared to leave the ECHR if that is what it takes to get flights to Kigali off the ground.
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