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Police clear biggest migrant camp in Paris

PARIS: Security forces moved in on the biggest migrant camp in the French capital on Wednesday where some 1,700 people lived in makeshift tents alongside a canal.

The migrants would be housed temporarily at more than 20 sites across the Paris region while the authorities checked their identities, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in a statement.

CRS riot police were deployed at dawn, some arriving by boat, as the migrants emerged from their tents and waited patiently to be bussed away from the Port de la Villette camp in the northeast of Paris.

“We don’t really know where we are going,” said a Libyan who reached Paris seven months ago and gave his name as Issam. “It was hard here,” he added, holding on to his one piece of baggage.

The “Millenaire” or Millennium camp was home mainly to Sudanese, Somali and Eritrean migrants. Two similar campsites in the capital along the Canal St Martin, which houses 800 mostly Afghan migrants, and the Porte de la Chapelle, home to 300-400 people, would also be quickly evacuated, said regional prefect Michel Cadot. “The other camps will be evacuated as soon as possible next week,” Cadot told reporters.

A piece published earlier: Saudi Arabian Airlines plane harboring eleven bodies of to-be-illegal-immigrant Pakistanis who drowned when their boat capsized near Libya on 2nd of February, landed here today. According to details most of those who died while trying to go to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea belonged to Gujar Khan, Gujrat and Mandi Bahauddin. Earlier UN migration agency has stated: “At least 90 migrants are reported to have drowned when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this morning. 10 bodies are reported to have washed up on Libyan shores”, including two Libyan nationals and eight Pakistanis”. The Med had maintained its status of being the world’s most dangerous migration route. Just a few days ago some eight hundred migrants were pulled out of the Sea after their barges, dinghies and fishing boats sank in the same day. (14th of February, 2018) 

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.