Eight migrants are shot in Calais with three fighting for their lives as police break up fight between more than 300 Afghan and Eritrean rival gangs
*Mass brawl between hundreds of migrants lasted more than two hours in France
*At least one of the migrants, whose life was in danger, was taken for surgery
*Others were treated for knife wounds and injuries in nearby Calais hospitals
*The brawl started when rival gangs were queuing for food near one hospital
By Peter Allen In France For Mailonline
2 February 2018
Four UK-bound migrants were shot and four others seriously injured by improvised weapons in Calais tonight as police tried to break up a bloody fight between rival gangs.
The mass brawl, which lasted more than two hours, was by far the worst of a number of violent incidents in recent weeks.
At least three of the migrants whose lives was in danger were rushed to an emergency ward in Lille for immediate surgery.
The rest of those with gunshot wounds, and others with injuries caused by clubs and knifes were taken to the central hospital in Calais.
The riot, which involved hundreds, started among a long line of migrants who had been queuing for food near the hospital, on Boulevard des Justes.
A migrant receives medical assistance by rescue workers following clashes near the ferry port in Calais, northern France, on February 1
A group of migrants carrying sticks during clashes near the ferry port in Calais, northern France
The mainly Afghan and Eritrean gangs clashed soon after 3.30pm on Thursday as charity workers distributed meals close to the ferry port.
At least three were in a life-threatening condition as French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said he was on the way to the port town to deal with the emergency.
A local police spokesman said: 'The toll is eight wounded, with four seriously hurt including three with life-threatening injuries.'
It was not immediately clear who had done the shooting, although people smugglers occasionally carry pistols, as do some of the migrants themselves.