‘We’re in urban warfare’ Italy soldiers clash with migrants as locals ‘fear for families’

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

THIS is the moment a group of migrants appears to confront Italian soldiers to try to stop them from detaining a man as tensions between residents and migrants reach breaking point.

Tue, Aug 8, 2017

The grainy video has prompted outrage from Naples residents who say such incidents are becoming more and more common in cities across southern Italy.

In the video, a group of soldiers are seen arresting a man outside a shop before others approach the troops and try to pull the detained man away, who is lying on the ground.

Two men eventually succeed in pulling the detained man away, but the soldiers catch up to them and try again to arrest the man as onlookers quickly gather around.

The video has sent shockwaves through Italy after receiving a huge response on social media.

Lello Cretella, who posted the video, wrote: “Abandoned and betrayed! Episodes like these happen every day in our neighbourhood and everyone pretends not to see!

“We feel alone and abandoned… we fear for us and our families!”

Meanwhile, rightwing politician Matteo Salvini added: “Men in our army are surrounded and attacked by dozens of immigrants who wanted to prevent the arrest of one of them.

“We are now in urban warfare.”

Naples councillor Alessandro Gallo admitted: “The tension is very high every day.

“Something very serious is happening with the army being surrounded. It is necessary to intervene.”

As one of the largest countries on the Mediterranean coast, Italy has become a key point of entry for refugees and asylum seekers traveling to Europe.

The UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimates there are between 700,000 and one million people currently in Libya awaiting their chance to get into Europe.

Italy has demanded the UN takes the lead on the ongoing migrant crisis after finally losing patience with the European Union.

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