Thirty-one mi­grants found in re­frig­er­ated truck in France by author­i­ties

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

French author­i­ties on Fri­day found 31 mi­grants crammed into a re­frig­er­ated truck, alive but freez­ing, po­lice said.

“At around 7:30 a.m. (0530 GMT), 31 peo­ple were found in­side a re­frig­er­ated heavy goods ve­hi­cle in a layby on the A16,” po­lice said.

The dis­cov­ery was made near Dunkirk on France’s north­ern coast.

A three-year-old child was among the group. All but one of them were de­scribed as “safe and sound” de­spite the fact the tem­per­a­ture in­side was near freez­ing, po­lice said.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how long they had been in­side the truck.

Most of the group said they were Syr­ian na­tion­als but one was Viet­namese, po­lice added.

The driver, a Span­ish na­tional, was ap­par­ently un­aware of their pres­ence, telling po­lice he had pulled over when he heard “noise com­ing from his trailer.”

He said the lock of the truck had been forced and, un­able to open it, had called the po­lice.

Thou­sands of mi­grants have headed to­wards France’s north­ern coast in the hope of find­ing pas­sage across the English Chan­nel to Eng­land.

On Tues­day, a 20-year-old man was found dead in­side a truck near the port of Calais, crushed to death by wooden pal­lets.

And the evening be­fore, 15 mi­grants were found in­side a tanker in Ar­ras, some 95 kilo­me­ters (60 miles) fur­ther south, where they had been in con­tact with a toxic sub­stance con­tain­ing lead, although none of them showed any ad­verse symp­toms.

AP

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