Migrant killed in clash at camp near Calais

A migrant died Tuesday after a clash erupted between Sudanese and Eritrean migrants at a small camp near Calais. (AFP)

A migrant died Tuesday after a clash erupted between Sudanese and Eritrean migrants at a small camp near Calais, local authorities told AFP.

While the man’s death was the first in the Norrent-Fontes camp, home to some 150 to 200 people, other migrant camps in the area have seen similar fatalities.

Norrent-Fontes is located some 60 kilometers (40 miles) from the port city of Calais. The Calais officials have vowed to demolish the notorious “Jungle” camp there “within days”.

On Tuesday the migrant succumbed to his injuries a day after “a fight erupted between inebriated Sudanese and Eritrean migrants” in the camp, a spokesman for the local authorities said.

The authorities did not reveal his age or his nationality.

Three migrants were detained as authorities launched a probe into the fight, the spokesman said.

Two migrants -- Ethiopian and Sudanese -- were killed in similar fights in the “Jungle” camp this summer.

Most of the 33 migrant deaths in the Calais region since January 2015 have been caused by road accidents, with many losing their lives as they attempted to climb onto lorries heading towards Britain under cover of night.

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