>> Home to as many as one and a half thousand migrants in northern France going up in smoke. Half of the Grande-Synthe camp near Dunkirk destroyed by a vicious fire on Monday night. The blaze begun after skirmishes between residents earlier in the evening. At least six migrants were wounded after scuffles and a knife fight, according to fire fighters and authorities.
Riot police intervened, which led to more clashes between security forces and up to 150 residents. One of the injured migrants was knocked over by a car on a nearby motorway and was in a critical condition, police said. Three others had stab wounds. The fire then tore through the wooden huts, forcing hundreds to relocate to makeshift shelters.
Most of these migrants are fleeing violence and hardship in North Africa and the Middle East. It's thought many of those at this camp are Kurds. The population has grown recently with a surge of arrivals from Afghanistan. Last week, a group tried to block the motorway, determined to stop the traffic and clamber onto trucks in the hope of crossing the Channel to reach Britain.