Friday briefing: ministers told to stop 'playing politics' over Channel deaths

Friday briefing: ministers told to stop 'playing politics' over Channel deaths

Top story: Victims thought to have been Iraqi Kurds Hello, I’m Warren Murray with a welcome to your Friday briefing. Ministers have been warned to stop “playing politics with people’s lives” or more lives will be lost in the Channel. Investigators are trying to identify the bodies of at least 27 victims, including a pregnant woman and three children, who drowned on Wednesday. They are thought to be predominantly Kurds from Iraq. Residents of makeshift camps around Calais and Dunkirk told the Guardian that hundreds of people have travelled to northern France via Belarus following a crisis on its border with Poland. Many vowed to pursue their plans to cross to the UK in search of a better life – and throughout Thursday, new arrivals continued to come ashore in …
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