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24/09/2015 11:52 BST | Updated 24/09/2015 11:59 BST

Teenage Boy Dies Near Channel Tunnel Entrance In Calais After He Was 'Hit By Train'

A boy aged 15-17 has died near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in Calais, after reportedly being hit by a freight train.

A spokesman for Eurotunnel in France a said person was found unconscious near the railway tracks on Wednesday night, and paramedics were called.

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The Channel Tunnel entrance (file photo)

Officials said the teenager died last night, and the BBC reported he was thought to be from East Africa, and had been hit by a freight train.

The boy is the 11th to die on or around the tunnel this year, as thousands try to reach Britain on trains and trucks headed to the UK.

The numbers of people trying to get to the country has recently fallen after Britain an France invested in new security measures, but many still try to make the journey.

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Britain has committed to take in 20,000 refugees from war-torn Syria over the next five years. They have started arriving this week and will not be from Calais but from refugee camps in countries like Jordan and Turkey, which have housed most of the hundreds of thousands fleeing Syria since its civil war began.

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Men crossing train tracks near the Channel Tunnel in France

Thousands have offered to take refugees into their homes, and other Britons are taking donations to be people living in Calais after leaving their home countries.

A 'Refugee Welcome Board' has been set up by faith leaders and housing and fostering experts, offering help to refugees setting into the UK as well as 'survival packs' with items like blankets and pyjamas.

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