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British coastguards rescue more than 120 migrants on 7 boats in Channel

British coastguards rescue more than 120 migrants on 7 boats in Channel

British coastguards rescued more than 120 migrants trying to cross the English Channel on seven small boats, French maritime authorities said on Friday.

The rescue took place in the night from Thursday to Friday, according to a spokesman for the Maritime Prefecture for the Channel and North Sea.

Border officials and coastguards in Britain and France have intercepted numerous attempted crossings in recent months as migrants have repeatedly tried to travel from destinations in Asia and Africa to Britain.

“It’s little wonder people living in France’s refugee camps are desperate to make this dangerous crossing, given the awful conditions they face there,” Reuters quoted Clare Moseley, founder of the Care4Calais charity, as saying. She was referring to difficulties in implementing social distancing measures to fight Covid-19 in the camps.

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