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Calais migrant crisis: Teenager dies near Channel Tunnel entrance

Train leaving the channel tunnel in France Image copyright PA
Image caption The boy was found unconscious near the tracks

A teenager, thought to be from east Africa, has been killed by a freight train near the Channel Tunnel entrance in Calais, officials have said.

A spokesman for Eurotunnel in France said paramedics were called after someone was found unconscious near the railway tracks on Wednesday night.

The boy is thought to have been 15-17 years old.

He is the 11th person to have died in or near the tunnel while trying to reach Britain since late June.

A spokesman for the Pas de Calais Prefecture, the local administration, said the train struck the teenager at about 02:00 local time as he was crossing the tracks.

They said an investigation was under way into the death of the boy, who they said could be Eritrean or Sudanese.

In recent weeks there has been a fall in intrusion attempts at Eurotunnel's Calais terminal, following the introduction of new security measures.

Eurotunnel has said migrants are making about 150 attempts to get into the terminal each night, down from a high of about 2,000 earlier in the year.

Last week a man died after being electrocuted at the entrance to the Eurotunnel in Calais. He was found on the roof of a freight train.

The situation in Calais is part of a wider migrant crisis across Europe, with huge numbers of people heading north from the Mediterranean.

On Wednesday European Union leaders pledged another one billion euros (£700m, $1.1bn) to help UN agencies support Syrian refugees in the Middle East, as part of renewed efforts to tackle the crisis.

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