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France rescues 138 migrants trying to cross the canal into Britain

France rescues 138 migrants trying to cross the canal into Britain

French authorities say they have rescued 138 migrants from the Strait of Paz-de-Gales on the English Channel off the north coast of the country as they tried to cross into Britain in difficult boats.

The German Directorate General of Defense in the North Sea said: “Several boats trying to cross the canal have been stranded in the strait.

He said two ships owned by the French navy and two boats owned by the National Association for Maritime Rescue had rescued 138 migrants and sent them back to French shores.

He added that they were taken to the ports of Gravlin, Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer and captured by border police and firefighters.

Since the end of 2018, the English Channel crossing to the UK has increased, despite repeated warnings from authorities stressing the dangers of this type of migration due to high traffic, strong currents and low water temperatures.
According to French officials, about 15,400 migrants attempted to cross the canal in the first eight months of this year, 3,500 of whom “encountered difficulties when they were rescued” and returned to the French coast.

On the other hand, in the face of the rapid spread of the Omigron mutant in this country, the French government announced on Saturday that it had again imposed “compelling reasons” to go to and from Britain.

In a statement, the French government confirmed that the validity of checks was reduced from 48 hours to 24 hours upon leaving the UK, and that an isolation system was imposed upon arrival in France, calling on all travelers to “postpone their trips” to Britain. .

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Faced with the outbreak of the new mutation, Britain reported 78,610 injuries in 24 hours, an unprecedented number since the outbreak in 2020, according to official figures.

The French government has said the UK will face a tsunami related to Omigron in the coming days.

It also said that from Saturday morning, those who have not been vaccinated and those who have not been vaccinated must have a valid reason to travel to or from the UK.

He explained that this applies to every French citizen, his wife or children, or any British citizen who is a beneficiary of Brexit.