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Dozens hurt as migrants clash in France

Published on Aug 5, 2014 4:26 PM

LILLE, France (AFP) - Dozens were hurt on Tuesday after clashes broke out in the northern French port of Calais between hundreds of African migrants seeking to cross the Channel to England.

Police reinforcements were called to break up fights between groups of mainly Eritrean and Sudanese migrants that left 51 people hurt, one of whom was sent by helicopter to hospital with serious head injuries.

"The fights started after dinner and spread to the port area. They lasted most of the evening and into the night," local police authorities said.

One port worker estimated around 300 migrants were involved in running battles in the early hours of Tuesday.

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