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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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'Jungle' clearance like 'D-Day' for Calais, says port boss

Residents of the 'Jungle' camp queue for buses. Credit: APTN

The dismantling of the "Jungle" migrant camp is like "D-Day" for the Port of Calais, its chief executive has said.

However, Jean-Marc Puissesseau has warned that the clearance would be a "waste of time" unless a police presence is maintained in the city to stop refugees and migrants who want to travel to the UK from gathering there again.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today, Mr Puissesseau said: "I am a very, very happy man.

"It's for us really the D-Day.

"Because I will not say it was the war here but since two years (ago) we are living in constant stress and living (with) a lot of attacks on the highway to try to slow down the traffic and to try for the migrants to get into the lorries and so on."

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