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March 24, 2023

‘Serious failings’ during rescue may have contributed to Channel deaths

Cases launched in UK and France over deaths of 27 people amid call for a public inquiry in Britain

“Serious failings” in a rescue operation may have contributed to the deaths of 27 refugees in the Channel last month, according to lawyers representing bereaved family members.

Calls for a public inquiry to determine whether “acts or omissions” by British agencies resulted in human rights breaches came alongside separate legal cases against UK and French authorities involved in the operation.

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