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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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Fires raze parts of 'Jungle' Calais camp

A migrant sprints past the makeshift homes which are on fire Credit: Reuters

Fires are blazing in parts of the 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais

The camp is being demolished by French authorities and hundreds of refugees and migrants have been transported to other regions of the country.

Smoke billows from the raging fires in the camp Credit: Reuters

Help Refugees charity reported that the overnight fires had destroyed safe spaces for children, meaning 40 unaccompanied minors were forced to sleep in a mosque.

A fire rages close to a gas canister Credit: Reuters

Meanwhile, a Care4Calais aid worker said around 200 children had slept outside the camp overnight due to fearing their safety inside.

There were the fires going on, so the fear of that - but also because there's no-one there to protect them. All of the grown-ups have gone and it's just the people who are playing now. If they aren't registered today and put into the containers tonight, they will be again without anywhere safe to sleep.

– Air worker

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