Bullets were fired at eight Iranian Kurds dragging a dinghy towards the water on a beach in Dunkirk late at night. After being hit by gunfire on September 22, two guys were taken to the hospital for treatment.
The people involved told the Daily Mail that they were not people traffickers, but asylum seekers attempting to enter the United Kingdom.
“There were eight of us holding the boat near the beach,” one man told the tabloid. “We were getting ready to launch it for 40 people who wanted to cross to your country.”
“Then three or four police arrived in one vehicle. One policeman shot Juanro Rasuli at point blank range. I can’t remember how many times they fired the rubber bullets.”
“When the police saw us, they shouted stop, We stopped and they still shot us. Then we ran away as best we could.”
After sustaining leg fractures, Mr Rasuli, 24, is still healing in hospital.
The event occurred five kilometres from a filthy migrant camp where hundreds of people are waiting for a ferry to the United Kingdom.
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, has threatened to withhold £54 million in payments to the French government for beach patrols in northern France until the number of migrants attempting the crossing to the UK falls.
This year, a total of 17,085 persons have attempted the perilous trek across the English Channel in small boats.
The figure is more than double the total for the entire year of 2020, when 8,417 persons crossed the border.