Police begin operation to clear out camp in Paris – INTERVIEW

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SHAFAQNA – In France, police have begun an operation to clear out a makeshift refugee camp in the capital Paris. The camp in north-east Paris houses around one-thousand refugees, mostly from Africa and Afghanistan. Local authorities say the asylum-seekers were sleeping in unsanitary conditions in tents and on mattresses. A similar operation took place in November 2016, when thousands were removed from a camp in the capital. Police say the makeshift sites are illegal and must be removed. But rights groups complain of a dire shortage of accommodation centers for asylum-seekers.

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