Demolition of Calais Jungle begins

Demolition of Calais Jungle begins

Workers loading a skip as demolition begins

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Demolition work has officially begun on the third day of the operation to dismantle the Calais Jungle.

Several diggers crushed the makeshift homes that sheltered migrants and refugees for over two years, before loading the debris into a skip. Workers could be seen preparing to use a chainsaw to break up the wooden pallets, plastic and fabric a little before 9am.

More than 4,000 people have left the camp over the last three days. The dismantling has proceeded relatively peacefully, but there have been a couple of instances of migrants clashing with demolition workers over the last few days.

To ensure stability, dozens of police vans lined the perimeter of the camp while armed officers patrolled the site.

Meanwhile, charities criticised the decision to proceed with demolition while there were still children unaccounted for in the camp, with Save the Children and Unicef calling it "unacceptable".