Migrant camp blaze leaves 1,400 without shelter

Authorities in France are in a race against time to find accomodation for around 1,400 migrants after a camp was destroyed by fire.

Migrants evacuate a camp of closely-packed wooden huts at Grande-Synthe near Dunkirk, France, as a huge fire reduces it to ashes pic.twitter.com/T4u4DooIPQ— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 11, 2017

The blaze started during a fight between Kurds and Afghans at the Grande-Synthe camp, near the port of Dunkirk.

At least ten people were injured, six with knife wounds.

The mayor of Grande-Synthe is Damien Careme:“The camp was not built to last and we need solutions. Some places have been made availiable, but we need more. We responded to a humanitarian emergency and the camp reached its limit and now it’s 80 percent destroyed. So we need places to stay after what happened last night.”

Dunkirk Grande-Synthe refugee camp burns to the ground https://t.co/lgOvXcGcP7 pic.twitter.com/dy4nccVfr7— Huffington Post UK (@HuffPostUK) April 11, 2017

There have been a number of violent incidents at the camp after more Afghans arrived and increased tensions with the Kurds.

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