Migrants intercepted in small boats in English Channel

The UK border force ship off Kent, Britain.. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL

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Six boats carrying 90 migrants which were attempting to cross the English Channel have been intercepted by Border Force boats over the weekend.

The occupants of the six boats, one of which carried 25 people, were brought to Dover, Kent, to be dealt with by immigration authorities.

The influx brings the total number of migrants who have crossed to the UK during the coronavirus lockdown to more than 900.

A new single-day record set on VE Day saw 145 migrants making the dangerous crossing.

n the first incident on Saturday, a Border Force coastal patrol vessel intercepted a boat carrying 10 men who presented themselves as Sudanese and Libyan – with 12 men who said they were Syrian and Iranian found in the second boat to be stopped.

The third boat to be found was carrying 14 men who said they were Syrian, Iranian, Senegalese, Iraqi and Yemeni – with 11 men and four women from Algeria, Kuwait, Iraq and Syria in the fourth boat.

The fifth boat to be intercepted carried 21 men and four women from Iraq and Iran; and the final boat had 11 men and three women from Eritrea, Iran and Afghanistan.

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