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Drowned people were mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, says France

Two male survivors are being treated for exhaustion and hypothermia in Calais hospital

Most of the 27 people, including pregnant women and three children, who drowned trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat were Kurds from Iraq or Iran, French authorities have said.

Authorities said two male survivors, an Iraqi and a Somali, were being treated for exhaustion and hypothermia in a Calais hospital. A criminal investigation has been opened by the public prosecutor in Lille, with four men suspected of “direct involvement” in the attempted crossing arrested on Wednesday and a fifth detained early on Thursday morning.

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