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14 immigrants in refrigerated container arrive in Ireland: Here are the chilling details

07:21 PM | 13 Jan, 2024
14 immigrants in refrigerated container arrive in Ireland: Here are the chilling details

DUBLIN - As many as 14 immigrants who were stowed inside a chilly refrigerated container were surprisingly found alive when the container arrived at a port in Ireland.

The incident happened earlier this week when the law enforcers came to know of a container that arrived at Rosslare Europort from Belgium; the temperature inside the container was as low as -4 degrees.

The immigrants were discovered at around 3 am when the lorry was stopped exiting the ferry and as per an Irish police statement, a Kurdish woman in the container had made a call to the UK coast guard after which the information was passed on to the Irish authorities.

Though the investigations are underway, authorities believe that the immigrants had possibly spent as long as 24 hours shut inside the container; some say they were headed to England though no concrete information is available as of now.

The immigrants - including two girls aged six and four - had been struggling to breathe and had cut a hole in the container.

Fortunately, all 14 people were reported to be in good health. As far as the identity of the individuals is concerned, most of them were Kurds from Iran and Iraq, with three people from Vietnam and one from Turkey.

Commenting on the incident, former president of the Irish Road Haulage Association, Eugene Drennan said a professional human trafficking gang was behind the episode. 

"The truck was fully sealed… it had to be some people who knew how to manipulate the locks and seals," he told the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ.

As far as the fate of the immigrants is concerned, Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar said they may choose to apply for asylum or leave out of free will, adding that an effort would be made to process any asylum claims as quickly as possible.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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