The United Kingdom’s first flight to take asylum seekers to Rwanda has not taken off as scheduled after the European human rights court issued last-minute injunctions to stop the deportation of the handful of people on board.

The UK government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda on Tuesday had been heavily criticised by opponents, charities, and religious leaders who said the deportations were inhumane, and the government was forced to fight a series of legal challenges in London courts aimed at stopping the flight departing.

The Home Secretary said the government would not be deterred in its deportation plans and would prepare for the next flight.

Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba reports from London.

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