Channel fishermen distraught over migrant horror: 'They threaten to jump in water'

Channel fishermen distraught over migrant horror: 'They threaten to jump in water'

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11/27/2021 1:17:00 AM

Channel fishermen distraught over migrant horror: 'They threaten to jump in water'

CHANNEL fishermen have been left distraught over the tragic deaths of at least 28 migrants after they attempted to cross the channel.

(Image: Getty)TrendingUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who described the deaths as a"disaster", said that it was vital to"break" the people trafficking gangs.He added that these gangs were"literally getting away with murder".

However, refugee charities have hit out at the Government's approach, calling on them to expand safe routes for asylum seekers to reach the UK.Amnesty International has said that the"government's failure to open safe and legal routes is a critical factor in tragic deaths in the Channel."

Despite Wednesday's tragedy, 70 further migrants were intercepted trying to cross the Channel(Image: Getty)The organisation's UK Refugee and Migrant Rights Director, Steve Valdez-Symonds called on the government to"urgently take decisive action to prevent more loss of life."

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He added: “The UK must make it a priority to share responsibility with other countries to receive people into its asylum system – they must do this by providing safe and legal routes and encourage others to do the same.“We must remember that dangerous journeys take place because​ the Government provides no safe alternative for people to exercise their right to seek asylum here."

Despite Wednesday's tragedy, 70 further migrants were intercepted trying to cross the Channel the following night.According to news outlet Agence France-Presse, they were found freezing in the Calais train station, from where they were taken to emergency shelters.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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