North Africa migrants wreak havoc at France's Calais port

Eyewitnesses described some UK-bound vehicles being smashed by rocks thrown by the migrants.

FILE: Migrants arrive at the port in the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdane, some 40 km west of the Libyan border, following their rescue by Tunisia’s coastguard and navy after their vessel overturned off Libya, on 10 June, 2015. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - The northern French town of Calais has witnessed some of the worst violence of the migrant crisis as hundreds of young men tried to storm the port to board ferries bound for the United Kingdom.

The men, mostly from north Africa, threw stones and tried to break into cars and lorries.

They were eventually beaten back by police using tear gas.

Last week, the port was shut when migrants jumped into the sea in an attempt to climb aboard a ferry as it set sail for Britain.

In the latest incident, a 300-strong mob blocked the road leading to the dock so they could break into lorries and cars as they were stationery.

Eyewitnesses described some UK-bound vehicles being smashed by rocks thrown by the migrants.

Several police officers were injured in the clashes and two militants from the 'No Borders' anarchist group were reportedly arrested.