Migrants trying to storm the Eurotunnel in France

Migrants trying to storm the Eurotunnel in France
Trains through the Eurotunnel linking Britain with France, is Saturday hit by delays and cancellations after about 150 migrants have tried to storm the terminal on the French side in the city of Calais, authorities said.

All freight traffic through the tunnel has been canceled, says the agency Highways England. This has resulted in long queues of trucks on both sides of the tunnel.

Passenger traffic is not affected by the situation.

A spokesman for the Eurotunnel said to the British news agency Press Association that the migrants in the terminal, in Calais during the early morning hours on Saturday tried to hide in trucks on the way to England.

Calais is the French port city closest to England. The city is the residence of thousands of migrants from conflict areas in the Middle East and from the North and East Africa. Many live in temporary camps and are just waiting to cross the channel to the UK.

The migrant crisis in Calais in recent weeks has led to frequent outages of the train service in the English Channel between France and England.

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