European leaders call for a united approach to the unprecedent migrant crisis as the death toll on land and sea continues to rise. Pavithra George reports.
It was a dramatic moment in yet another news conference about Europe' migrant crisis. The object of this woman's scorn? French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. "You can't wipe the blood off your hands." she yells. As thousands pour into Europe from conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa, EU leaders are trying to find a common solution to the crisis. Here in the French port city of Calais, where crowds of refugees have sought shelter in a makeshift camp, Valls announced the building of a new facility to house as many as 1500 people. Europe, he said, must recognize the right to asylum for those fleeing war and hardship. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRIME MINISTER, MANUEL VALLS, SAYING: " We can't get out of it with barbed wire fences. Those who are persecuted in their countries, who are exposed to torture, oppressed, must be welcomed, welcomed in Europe." But not everybody agrees. With anti-immigrant sentiments on the rise, some governments are refusing to take in refugees. In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is warning against right-wing, anti-migrant extremism. SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "We will apply the full force of the law against those who verbally abuse others, who attack other people, who set their shelters on fire or who want to use violence. We are against those who call for hate demonstrations. ." Merkel is calling on Europe to agree on a fair distribution of refugees, saying that failing to do so would jeopardize the EU's open-border policy---already under scrutiny after recent attack by radical Islamists.