ASYLUM seekers on the doomed Channel crossing boat could have been forced on at gunpoint when they realised it was overcrowded.
A friend of missing refugees made the claim as 21-year-old Iraqi Mariam Nouri Hamadameen became the first victim of the tragedy to be named last night.
It came after France banned Home Secretary Priti Patel from tomorrow's emergency meeting in Calais about the disaster amid a political spat.
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