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Nigel Farage's 'Inflammatory' Comments On Calais Migrant Crisis Prompt Twitter Backlash

29/07/2015 21:47 BST | Updated 29/07/2015 22:59 BST
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Nigel Farage, member of the European Parliament and leader of the UK Independence Party, speaks at the Heritage Foundation July 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigel Farage has prompted fresh outrage over the Calais migrant crisis, with social media users criticising the Ukip leader for alleged "inflammatory" comments made on Wednesday morning.

The MEP was hounded on Twitter for claiming in a BBC interview that, due to events unfolding in the northern-France port town, it was "only a matter of time before a British holidaymaker gets killed”.

His comments came just hours after it emerged a young Sudanese man had died after being crushed by a truck, the ninth migrant casualty in the region this year so far.

Kevin Maguire, The Mirror's associate editor, was first to weigh into the debate, slamming Farage for his "inflammatory" comments and accusing the Ukip leader of "shameful scaremongering".

Other users quickly piled in, some accusing the Ukip leader of trivialising the high mortality rate of migrants at Calais themselves.

Ukip did not respond to a request for comment at the time this story went live.

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