The devastated father of the first confirmed victim of the Channel migrant tragedy has accused France of allowing ‘butchers’ to send innocent people to their deaths

The devastated father of the first confirmed victim of the Channel migrant tragedy has accused France of allowing ‘butchers’ to send innocent people to their deaths.

Baran Nouri Hamadamin was one of 27 people who drowned after a flimsy boat capsized six miles off Calais during stormy weather this week.

The newly engaged student had travelled through Germany and France to join her fiancé in the UK, paying human-traffickers to take her across the Narrow Sea.

Five people have been arrested in France over the deaths but Calais police have so far failed to charge anyone despite Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin insisting that all those detained were ‘directly linked’. 

The tragedy has sparked another diplomatic spat between London and Paris, with Emmanuel Macron accusing Boris Johnson of breaking French sovereignty after the Prime Minister tweeted an open letter to him outlining a five-point action plan to clampdown on people-smugglers. 

In an extraordinary fit of pique, the French government withdrew Home Secretary Priti Patel’s invitation to a crisis meeting today.

Home Office minister Damian Hinds this morning defended Mr Johnson’s letter, telling Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘Nobody is proposing breaching sovereignty; the Prime Minister’s letter proposes doing things which go further than we have gone to date.’

He added: ‘The tone of the letter is exceptionally supportive and collaborative, it absolutely acknowledges everything the French government and authorities have been doing, that its a shared challenge, but that now, particularly prompted by this awful tragedy, we have to go further, we have to deepen our partnership, we have to broaden what we do, we have to draw up new creative solutions.’

Speaking from his home in Soran, in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, Miss Hamadamin’s father Nuri Mohammed Amin urged President Emmanuel Macron to stop allowing people-smugglers to treat people ‘like animals’.

Miss Hamadamin, a newly engaged student, had travelled through Germany and France to join her fiancé in the UK, paying human-traffickers to take her across the Narrow Sea.

She had been sending Snapchat messages to her fiancé Karzan Asaad before the dinghy began to lose air.As he tracked her phone GPS, the signal went dead just over four hours into the journey — and she tried to reassure him in her last message that rescuers were on the way. Her body was tragically identified by a relative at a French morgue yesterday.

Mr Amin said: ‘This is a tragedy not only for me but for elasticsearch bulk index without id the whole of Kurdistan and the world.I ask the French government to tighten their borders and stop those butchers. They are not smugglers, they are mafias. This is my only request.

‘Those boats that they are using are not made for that purpose. They treat those poor people like animals.Where were her human rights? It is the role of the French government to have a strict procedure to stop those butchers to avoid further tragedies. And I hope our people stop even thinking about migrating using similar ways.’ 

Smugglers threatened to shoot migrants, including bride-to-be Mariam Nouri Dargalayi (pictured with fiance), unless they boarded the doomed dinghy that went down in Channel

Smugglers threatened to shoot migrants, including bride-to-be Mariam Nouri Dargalayi (pictured with fiance), unless they boarded the doomed dinghy that went down in Channel

Policemen inspect the beach near Wimereux, France on November 25, 2021

Policemen inspect the beach near Wimereux, France on November 25, 2021

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the press conference with Prime Minister Mario Draghi at Villa Madama in Rome

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the press conference with Prime Minister Mario Draghi at Villa Madama in Rome

This is the first picture of the flimsy and dangerous dinghy that sank off Calais, killing 27 people

This is the first picture of the flimsy and dangerous dinghy that sank off Calais, killing 27 people

Up to 50 people were supposed to board two boats ahead of the fatal voyage - but one vessel suffered engine trouble, those stuck in camps in France claimed. Rather than curtail the trip that would have netted them tens of thousands of pounds, the gun-toting gang corralled the migrants into one boat, it was said

Up to 50 people were supposed to board two boats ahead of the fatal voyage — but one vessel suffered engine trouble, those stuck in camps in France claimed.Rather than curtail the trip that would have netted them tens of thousands of pounds, the gun-toting gang corralled the migrants into one boat, it was said

The new arrivals bring the total number to have made it to the UK this month to more than 6,000, exceeding the previous record of 3,879 in September. This year's total is now a record-breaking 25,772

The new arrivals bring the total number to have made it to the UK this month to more than 6,000, exceeding the previous record of 3,879 in September.This year’s total is now a record-breaking 25,772

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