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27 migrants die in English Channel while leaving France

Some 27 migrants have drowned in the English Channel.

The 27 – including a young girl – died while trying to cross from France to the United Kingdom.

Earlier, France officials had stated that death toll was 31.

French government officials are expected to hold an emergency meeting this morning to discuss France’s response to the tragedy.

French President, Emmanuel Macron has, according to reports, already had a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

France is making efforts to identify the victims, with two survivors reportedly being treated in hospital.

Reports indicate that four suspected human smugglers have been arrested by French authorities.

According to the Interior Minister of France, Gerald Darmanin, the vessel in which the victims were travelling in was “extremely fragile”.

He noted that vessel appeared to be severely deflated.


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