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

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.

The country’s foreign minister said it was time for the UN to “tackle” the situation in Libya, with thousands of people every month making their way across the Mediterranean Sea. 

Angelino Alfano said it was time for the UN to face “reality” and to help stop the people trafficking and drowning.

He said: “It is time for the UN to show its strategic role in the international chessboard.

“There is a need for action at several levels: in the Libyan region, it is necessary to facilitate a wider dialogue between the actors involved in a common and peaceful road map and to reiterate to neighbouring countries the need to abandon conflict.”

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