26 Nov 2021

Channel deaths: Diplomatic row escalates as France disinvites Priti Patel to crisis meeting


Channel 4 News has spoken to the family of the first named victim of Wednesday’s tragedy in the Channel.

They confirmed that Mariam Nouri Hamadameen, a student from Kurdistan in her twenties, died trying to reach British shores.

While authorities and families work to identify those who lost their lives, the political fallout has escalated.

Today, the French government disinvited Home Secretary Priti Patel from a planned meeting aimed at tackling the issue of people smuggling after Boris Johnson had earlier published a letter to President Macron on Twitter calling for greater action – a move that angered the French.