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Migrants, Smugglers Line Up On Highways, Hit Cars With Branches In Attempts Make Their Way To Britain [VIDEO]

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Migrants and human traffickers are willing to go through great lengths to hijack trucks and illegally make their way to Britain.

Truck drivers going across the English Channel from Calais, France, to the U.K. are subject hijacking attempts from migrants who want to get across the border.

A BBC crew visited the highways by the tunnel separating the countries and got to see first hand how the hijackings take place. A video posted Thursday show the road blocked off by large branches. When a truck approaches, people immediately run toward it and threaten their way onto the truck.

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The BBC crew said about 20 people managed to board the truck. It is unknown if anyone made it across.

Another video show how people try to hit vehicles with branches to get them to stop.

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Authorities told the BBC crew that Calais has become a “no-go zone” between midnight and 6 a.m., when most attacks take place.

Calais is home to the infamous “jungle” migrant camp where thousands of migrants have set up a community as they wait to gain entry to the United Kingdom. The jungle has doubled in size during the summer and is now home to almost 9,000 migrants.

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