Hundreds of Muslim invaders (no Syrians) broke into the Channel EuroTunnel shortly after midnight, more than half of whom made it third of the way to Britain before finally being intercepted by overwhelmed French police. The huge crowd smashed down border fences paid for by Britain and completely overran security staff as part of a “planned invasion” of the Eurotunnel terminal at Coquelles.
UK Daily Mail Invading Muslims who stormed the Channel Tunnel in a desperate bid to break into Britain by force managed to get ten miles before they were caught, it has emerged.
Hundreds of migrants, thought to be from Sudan and Eritrea, broke down security fences, pelted police with stones then made a dash for the tunnel in the early hours of Saturday morning.
They were eventually stopped by French gendarmes, who were able to stop the group by force in a battle some 250ft below the sea.
Detectives suspect the desperate charge was masterminded by far-left activists who have embedded themselves in the migrant camps surrounding Calais, some of whom are though to be British.
A French government official told MailOnline that 113 migrants made it into the tunnel, with the most successful making it 10 miles in – just under a third of the total 31.4-mile length.
Fabienne Buccio, prefect for the Pas de Calais region, said they went a ‘distance of up to fifteen kilometers before being stopped by the gendarmes’.
Officers are thought to have pursued the migrants through the crossing’s service service tunnel, which is wide enough for them to drive cars through to overtake them.
Ms Buccio said there were 113 migrants involved, all originally from countries such as Eritrea and Sudan. Around 200 are thought to have attempted the original charge, with security forces managing to hold back 80 of them.
Some 23 were arrested, while seven were treated for injuries, along with two police officers and a security guard.
Later on Saturday, hundreds of migrants living in illegal camps around the port town could be seen throwing stones at lorries, and then trying to clamber aboard them when they stopped.
A Eurotunnel spokesman said that the ‘large and co-ordinated’ group stormed the tracks at Calais at around 12.30am local time, causing the service to be put on hold for almost eight hours.
And according to French officials, political activists embedded among desperate migrants in Calais were instrumental in persuading them to adopt more extreme tactics to break in to Britain.
The disruption has caused massive delays to passengers stuck on the Eurotunnel, with some set to be stuck in carriages with no access to food or drink for as long as three hours.
Migrants are still through to be hiding inside the tunnel Saturday morning in a desperate attempt to reach the UK, causing further delays while they are flushed out.
A Eurotunnel spokesman described the onrush as ‘a massive invasion and intrusion by a very large and co-ordinated group of migrants’.
A French emergency services spokesman on the ground in Calais said political activists were ‘co-ordinating’ the invasion.
He said: ‘They were very clearly helping to break down fences and guiding the migrants in a coordinated attack. They got into the south tunnel, and the service tunnel.
‘Fighting broke out with security guards, and we had to treat around ten migrants. Five ambulances were at the scene.’