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Rishi Sunak has urged Iran to de-escalate tensions in the Middle East after three US troops were killed in a drone strike in Jordan, PA Media reports. Speaking to broadcasters this morning, Sunak said:

We are concerned and would urge Iran to continue to de-escalate tensions in the region.

We absolutely condemn what has happened over the past couple of days.

Home Office figures show more than 300 people made the journey at the weekend, with 112 recorded in two boats on Saturday and 276 on Sunday in five boats.

This takes the provisional total for 2024 to date to 1,057.

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