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Security “cheered” as the deportation flight to Rwanda stopped and the refugees disembarked

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The flight meant to take asylum seekers to Rwanda was grounded at the last minute at MoD Boscombe Down, near Salisbury, Wilts, on Tuesday after European judges intervened on human rights grounds

The flight was grounded on Tuesday after European judges intervened
The flight was grounded on Tuesday after European judges intervened

Security escorts on the canceled Rwanda deportation flight began to celebrate when the call came in to let asylum seekers off the plane.

One of the seven people on ground duty has revealed that it was “a harrowing experience” with people “crying and begging to be taken away”.

The man, whose details are not being released, added the security team’s response shows that “even the staff didn’t want to operate this flight.”

The first flight meant to take asylum seekers to Rwanda was grounded at the last minute at MoD Boscombe Down near Salisbury, Wilts, on Tuesday after European judges intervened on human rights grounds.







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A spokesman for refugee support group Detention Action said: “When the call came that they were to be released, some escorts celebrated. The man said it was traumatic, unnecessary and upsetting. He is now in a pre-trial detention center, still locked up under threat of deportation.”

Another asylum seeker on the Boeing 767 said he was now being held in prison-like conditions with fences.

Ashraf, 46, fled Iran with his 21-year-old son Ali after being persecuted as a Christian.

He said: “There is no fresh air. My life was taken from me. It’s not fair for me to be treated like this. Torture isn’t just about being flogged, it’s about destroying your spirit.”







Security escorts began celebrating as asylum seekers were dropped from the plane
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Ashraf and Ali nearly drowned when their boat capsized en route from France to Britain.

Refugees crossing the English Channel in small boats are to be marked electronically. The 12-month pilot will be used for those traveling to the UK via what the Government describes as “unnecessary and dangerous routes”.

The Home Office responded yesterday with a previously released statement in which Priti Patel outlined that the policy “will help break people smugglers and prevent the loss of life”.

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