French Police Block 2,000 Britain-Bound Migrants from Eurotunnel
Authorities in the northern French port city of Calais say police late Monday pushed back more than 2,000 migrants trying to enter the Eurotunnel in hopes of reaching Britain.
Eurotunnel officials described the migrant push as the largest of several such attempts by thousands of refugees to gain entry into Britain in the past six weeks. Eight migrant deaths have been reported at the tunnel since mid-June.
As many as 10,000 migrants from Africa, the Middle East and beyond are living in squalid encampments in and near Calais, a city of 70,000.
Observers say their push to enter the 50-kilometer undersea tunnel has intensified in recent weeks, after authorities stepped up port security to block migrants from stowing away on Britain-bound vessels.
The tunnel confrontation - the second such faceoff between police and migrants in the past two days - caused major delays in Eurotunnel service for much of Tuesday.
Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebel Targets
Turkey carried out more airstrikes overnight against Kurdish rebels, the prime minister's office said Wednesday,
while the country's parliament prepared to hold a special session to debate the military's campaign against the fighters and Islamic State militants in Iraq.
The airstrikes targeted six Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) locations in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq.
The statement also said authorities had detained more than 1,300 people in Turkey in raids against suspected members of the PKK, the Islamic State and other militant groups.
Ahead of the parliament meeting, the leader of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party Selahattin Demirtas called for an immediate halt to the fighting.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Turkey would take "no steps back" in what he called a fight against terrorism.
His comments came the same day that NATO held an emergency session and issued a statement condemning terrorist attacks against Turkey and pledging solidarity with the country.