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Children left with 'nowhere to go' after Calais 'Jungle' camp clearance

French authorities has declared the operation to clear the 'Jungle' camp over - but charities have said hundreds of child refugees had been left with nowhere to go.

A total of 5,596 people have been evacuated since the operation began on Monday with many of them being taken away on buses, French ministries said. Of those removed from the camp, 234 children are being resettled in the UK.

Save The Children said it was "extremely concerned" about minors who had not been registered as the site went up in flames.

A spokeswoman for the local prefecture said that the rate of demolition would be scaled up on Thursday with larger machinery moving in.

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Home Secretary: Closing Jungle is in national interest

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told parliament that closing the 'Jungle' Calais migrant camp is in the UK's national interest and will help better protect borders.

She said the Le Touquet agreement, allowing British officials to check passports in France and vice versa, which has been questioned by some French authorities will be strengthened by the move.

Rudd said: "Clearing the camp isn't just about our legal and moral obligations. It is also in our national interest.

"By clearing the camp, we can help secure the future of the juxtaposed controls as well as playing our part to help those most in need in Calais."

She said that the UK has so far transferred 200 children from Calais to accommodation in the UK, including more than 60 girls, many at high risk of sexual exploitation.

But she said no new children arriving in Calais will be accepted into Britain adding: "It is important we do not encourage more children to head to Calais, risking their lives in the hands of traffickers."

But Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said approximately 1,000 children are still to be processed from the camp.

"The men, women and children in the Calais camp were treated by the French and the UK like pawns but these are real people fleeing war and economic devastation who were living in appalling conditions," she said.

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