The Jungle burns again: Young migrants cheer and shout as blaze rips through the notorious camp as evictions continue
- About 20 structures, including a restaurant, were set on fire on Friday
- Comes almost two weeks after French authorities started to clear camp
- Tensions have been mounting as migrants refuse to leave the Jungle
Cheering migrants watched the Jungle burn as hundreds of others ran from the smoke as flames engulfed the camp.
The huge blaze in the camp’s southern area – which is currently being cleared by the French authorities – was started this afternoon.
It is not yet clear whether it was arson, but fires have become increasingly common in the camp since the demolition began on February 29.
Young migrants were said to be shouting a cheering as the place burned in front of their eyes
Fires have become increasingly common since the French authorities began clearing the camp.
According to reports, 20 tents were on fire, including one of the camp’s many restaurants.
Young migrants – who were said to be shouting and cheering as the structures burned, according to RT France – were pictured filming the flames.
Firefighters are thought to have had the blaze under control within half an hour.
The demolition of the camp is now in its second week, with authorities hoping people will move into a new ‘official’ camp.
The Jungle had become notorious for gang fights, stabbings and a range of crimes involving people smugglers.
The French are hoping to encourage people to leave the area and seek asylum in France
However, many young migrants are unwilling to give up on their dream of sneaking across the Channel
Last week, a dozen Iranian refugees decided to sew their mouths shut in protest at the forced evictions.
The new camp is designed to accommodate up to 1,500 people, with the metal box units equipped with bunk beds, heaters and electricity points. There are also shower units, toilets, and facilities for mothers with babies.
But some are refusing to enter, as they do not want to seek asylum in France and are unwilling to give up on their dream of sneaking into Britain.
Last Friday, a dozen Iranian refugees had their mouths sewn shut in protest at their eviction.