Migrants break into Channel Tunnel, rail services disrupted

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Around 200 migrants tried to get into the Channel Tunnel from the French side overnight, clashing with staff and police and forcing a temporary suspension of rail services, a spokesman for Eurotunnel said.

Rail services resumed on Saturday morning but traffic was slow due to continued safety checks, the company said.

The incident was the latest in a series involving migrants who are camped around the northern French port of Calais in the hope of reaching Britain.

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The migrants broke into Eurotunnel's French terminal at 0030 local time (1930 ET), with 120 entering the tunnel before being intercepted by French police as far as 15 kilometers inside the tunnel, the company and police said.

"Such a large group had no chance of reaching the UK, so this was clearly an organized attack aimed at drawing media attention to the desperate situation of the migrants who are stuck in Calais," Eurotunnel said in a statement.

Rail services resumed as of 0200 ET, with passenger services operating in both directions, but were subject to some delays, Eurotunnel said.

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In this photo taken on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, a migrant girl play after crossing the border between Hungary and Austria in Nickelsdorf, Austria, 70 kilometers (43 miles) southeast of Vienna. Children are resourceful and find joy and distraction for hours in simple objects. Their parents often carry everything they still own in a backpack or two, making dolls and Lego blocks an impossible luxury. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, migrant children play at Serbian Orthodox cemetery in no man's land near the border crossing between Serbia and Croatia near Sid, about 100 km west from Belgrade. Children are resourceful and find joy and distraction for hours in simple objects. Their parents often carry everything they still own in a backpack or two, making dolls and Lego blocks an impossible luxury. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, a migrant child looks at a unicorn painting during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in a shelter at a former shopping mall in Graz, about 190 kms (118 miles) south of Vienna, Austria. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Christian Bruna)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, young boy play, after a group of migrants crossed the border with Croatia arriving in Barcs, Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, an Afghan refugee child covers his face with a balloon while he and other migrants spent the night in a shelter near Graz, Austria. Children are resourceful and find joy and distraction for hours in simple objects. Their parents often carry everything they still own in a backpack or two, making dolls and Lego blocks an impossible luxury. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this picture taken on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, a Syrian boy holding a balloon runs after he arrived with his family from Turkey, to the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, on an inflatable dinghy. Children are resourceful and find joy and distraction for hours in simple objects. Their parents often carry everything they still own in a backpack or two, making dolls and Lego blocks an impossible luxury. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, a Syrian refugee man plays with his daughter after spending the night near an abandoned military barrack in Beli Manastir, near Hungarian border, northeast Croatia. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, migrant children play at a fountain in Harmica near the Slovenian and Croatian border, in Croatia. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Christian Bruna)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, a boy sits on a toy car and plays with stuffed animals as he waits with other refugees for registration at the temporary registration center of the south German border town Passau, Germany. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, a young child laughs, looking out of a bus window in a center for asylum seekers near Roszke, southern Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, syrian refugee child Jana Makkiyeh, 3, whose family comes from Damascus, Syria, holds a teddy bear while standing near her family's tent at a makeshift camp for asylum seekers in Roszke, southern Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, a young girl plays on a field as she waits in a camp near the border line between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, a young migrant boy jokes as he crosses the Hungarian-Serbian border with his family near Roszke, southern Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, migrants sit in a train to Salzburg at the Westbahnhof station in Vienna, Austria. Over 150,000 people seeking to enter Europe have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia, and many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. Children are resourceful and find joy and distraction for hours in simple objects. Their parents often carry everything they still own in a backpack or two, making dolls and Lego blocks an impossible luxury. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, a boy rides his tricycle down the stairs of Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, a girl blows soap bubbles at the Keleti train station in Budapest, Serbia. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, a Syrian child plays with his mother as they travel by train from Belgrade to the northern Serbian town of Subotica. Children are resourceful and find joy and distraction for hours in simple objects. Their parents often carry everything they still own in a backpack or two, making dolls and Lego blocks an impossible luxury. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, a migrant girl stands near the border train station of Idomeni, northern Greece, waiting to be allowed by the Macedonian police to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, a Syrian migrant child plays in a park where his family are waiting for the chance to cross with to the nearby Greek island of Kos, on the coastal town of Bodrum, Turkey. The city of Bodrum, a magnet for wealthy tourists, is these days drawing plenty of other visitorsó migrants fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa and seeking a better life in Europe. At its closest point, the Greek island of Kos is only 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from Turkey and migrants, mostly from Syria, but also from Afghanistan, Iran and African nations often try to cross in groups upward of eight people in small inflatable plastic boats meant for a maximum of four, powered by tiny electric outboard motors and plastic paddles. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, children play on a train track as migrants wait for a train heading toward Serbia, at the railway station in the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija. Macedonia is facing an increasing pressure of migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa flowing into its southern and northern borders with Greece and Serbia and heading toward more prosperous European Union countries. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski, File)
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Calais is one of the flashpoints in a much wider pan-European immigration crisis. European countries are struggling to agree on how best to tackle the huge inflows of people fleeing conflicts or poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

Migrants in makeshift camps outside Calais known as the "jungle" regularly try to reach Britain by hiding in lorries and trains.

A tightening of security at Calais' sea port in recent months prompted increased attempts to access the Channel Tunnel, leading to the deaths of several migrants.

France and Britain have pledged to step up security at the tunnel after incidents this summer caused tensions between the two EU member states.

(Reporting by Pierre Savary and Kate Holton, writing by Gus Trompiz, editing by Gareth Jones)

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File - In this Thursday Sept. 24, 2015 file photo migrants rest in a shelter in Hanau, central Germany. Refugees coming to Germany can expect a roof over their head, a bed to sleep in and three meals a day. But with authorities struggling to find housing for tens of thousands of people each month, many new arrivals will find their lodgings a squeeze. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP, file)
Refugees are housed in a former sports hall at the refugee reception center in Regensburg, Germany, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Lockers, curtains and thin boards have been used to create more private spaces. (Armin Weigel/dpa via AP)
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 file photo people arrive at an accommodation for refugees, and migrants at the exhibition halls of the trade fair Messe Erfurt, in Erfurt, central Germany. Refugees coming to Germany can expect a roof over their head, a bed to sleep in and three meals a day. But with authorities struggling to find housing for tens of thousands of people each month, many new arrivals will find their lodgings a squeeze. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)
Three month old baby Parwan from Afghanistan sleeps on a bed at the temporary registration center of the southern German border town Passau, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Refugees were taken to the center from trains, cars or were picked up on streets. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Migrants wait in lines for their registration in the Berlin reception center LaGeSo Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 in Berlin. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
Tents are set up outside the State Office of Health and Social Affairs in Berlin (LAGeSo) where hundreds of migrants wait to receive help from the Berlin administration on September 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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A migrant child sleeps while sitting on luggage as asylum-seekers wait to register outside the State Office of Health and Social Affairs in Berlin (LAGeSo) where hundreds of migrants wait to receive help from the Berlin administration on September 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KAY NIETFELD +++ GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KAY NIETFELD/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian refugee man, wrapped with a plastic sheet to shelter from the rain, rests on the ground of a bridge after he and other migrants spent the night waiting for their registration and transport by German police to a refugee shelter in Freilassing, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Deeply divided European Union leaders held an emergency summit to seek long-term responses to the continent's ballooning crisis of refugees and migrants, a historic challenge EU President Donald Tusk said the bloc has failed dismally to meet. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Refugees rest in a former furniture factory after crossing the border from Austria in Freilassing, southern Germany, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
A man from Afghanistan holds his child as they wait for registration at the temporary registration center of the southern German border town Passau, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The refugees were brought to the center from trains, cars or were picked up on streets. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Refugees wait on a bridge after police stopped them at the border between Austria and Germany in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Refugees wait to register outside the State Office of Health and Social Affairs in Berlin (LAGeSo) where hundreds of migrants wait to receive help from the Berlin administration on September 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Refugees rest in a former furniture factory after crossing the border from Austria in Freilassing, southern Germany, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
A boy sits on a toy car and plays with stuffed animals as he waits with other refugees for registration at the temporary registration center of the southern German border town Passau, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The refugees were brought to the center from trains, cars or were picked up on streets. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Two laughing boys hide their face behind a children's book as the wait for registration at the temporary registration center for migrants and refugees of the southern German border town Passau, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The refugees were brought to the center from trains, cars or were picked up on streets. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Refugees arrive at the Schoenefeld airport train station in Schoenefeld after arriving with a special train on September 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Refugees sit under a bridge at the border between Austria and Germany, in Freilassing, southern Germany, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Germany's federal police say some 4,000 migrants came across the border from Austria on Thursday. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Syrian refugees wait on a bridge after spending the night waiting for their registration and transport by German police to a refugee shelter in Freilassing, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told German lawmakers Thursday that the potential benefits resulting from the influx of migrants and refugees far outweighs any dangers. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Refugees rest as they wait at the temporary registration center of the southern German border town Passau, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The refugees were taken to the center from trains, cars or were picked up on streets. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Two woman sit behind a transparent curtain and cover their faces at the temporary refugee registration center of the southern German border town Passau, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The refugees were brought to the center from trains, cars or were picked up on streets. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Refugees enter a train to Munich at the train station of the south German border town Passau, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she doesn't favor threatening other European Union nations in the migration crisis after her interior minister raised the idea of cutting EU funding to those that don't take in refugees. Merkel said after meeting Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Tuesday that "we must try to restore a European spirit." She added: "I don't think that threats are the right way to an agreement." (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Refugees line up for a train to Munich at the train station of the south German border town Passau, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she doesn't favor threatening other European Union nations in the migration crisis after her interior minister raised the idea of cutting EU funding to those that don't take in refugees. Merkel said after meeting Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Tuesday that "we must try to restore a European spirit." She added: "I don't think that threats are the right way to an agreement." (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A refugee holds a bag with belongings at the Schoenefeld airport train station in Schoenefeld while arriving with a special train on September 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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