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2021-11-25T06:34:44.317Z

Among those killed in the disaster - which is also the worst of its kind in the canal - are 5 women and a little girl, it is not yet clear what the origin of the immigrants is. The drowning occurs after authorities in France and Britain agreed to do more to curb infiltrations. In France, however, it is difficult to prevent this and the issue causes a great deal of tension between the two



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Manche tragedy: At least 27 migrants drowned on their way to Britain

Among those killed in the disaster - which is also the worst of its kind in the canal - are 5 women and a little girl, it is not yet clear what the origin of the immigrants is.

The drowning occurs after authorities in France and Britain agreed to do more to curb infiltrations.

In France, however, it is difficult to prevent this and the issue causes a great deal of tension between the two

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Thursday, 25 November 2021, 01:15 Updated: 03:17

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At least 27 people drowned yesterday (Wednesday) in the icy waters off the coast of France.

This, after a boat carrying migrants making their way to the UK capsized in the English Channel.

This is a difficult event of its kind in the canal, and do not remember such a high death toll in the overturning or sinking of an immigrant boat in the area.



French Interior Minister Gerald Dermanin said five women and a little girl were among those killed.

Two more people were rescued but injured by hypothermia.

It is not yet clear what the origin of the immigrants is.

"This is a serious tragedy that angers us," Darmanin said.



The drowning occurs a few days after the French and British authorities agreed to do more to curb the number of migrants passing through their territory.

However, the police in France are having a hard time preventing the immigrants' infiltration attempts, and the issue is causing a lot of tension between London and Paris.

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The most difficult event of its kind in the canal.

A group of immigrants making their way from France to Britain (Photo: Reuters)

"France will not let the canal become a cemetery," said French President Emmanuel Macron.

He called for an immediate tightening of border controls and increased repression against other European countries of immigrant smugglers.

Interior Minister Dermanin said his country needed to fight the smugglers, and that four suspects had been arrested in connection with the tragedy.



Attempts to reach Britain by sea have intensified in recent years.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 47,000 attempts to cross the canal and 7,800 migrants have been rescued when they were rescued from the heart of the sea.

Seven people have died or disappeared so far this year before the incident yesterday.



Many immigrants - who are often from countries in Africa or the Middle East such as Iraq and Eritrea - perceive the UK as an ideal destination following English and also because they already have family or friends there.

A group of immigrants making their way from France to Britain (Photo: Reuters)

The crossings have become another element in the aggravation of relations between France and Britain, with each side blaming the other for not doing enough to stop the attempts.

Under an agreement between the two countries, Britain pays France to monitor crossings through surveillance and patrols.



British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is "deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of life at sea in the canal".

Johnson added: "I also want to say that this disaster underscores how dangerous it is to cross the channel in such a way."

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