Bodies of 73 migrants found after boat sinks off Syria coast en route to Europe

At least 73 people were killed when a migrant boat sank off the Syrian coast.

Earlier this week, the boat sailed from Lebanon, the Lebanese minister of transport said, as searches continued Friday.

The incident is the deadliest since a growing number of Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians have attempted to flee crisis-stricken Lebanon by sea to Europe.

At least 73 people died when a migrant boat sank off the Syrian coast

The boat sailed from Lebanon earlier this week, the Lebanese transport minister said, as searches continued Friday

The boat sailed from Lebanon earlier this week, the Lebanese transport minister said, as searches continued Friday

The incident is the deadliest since an increasing number of Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians have attempted to flee crisis-stricken Lebanon by sea to Europe.

The incident is the deadliest since an increasing number of Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians have attempted to flee crisis-stricken Lebanon by sea to Europe.

In Lebanon alone, tens of thousands of people have lost their jobs and the Lebanese pound has fallen more than 90% of its value, wiping out the purchasing power of thousands of families now living in extreme poverty.

Syrian authorities began finding bodies off the coast of Tartus on Thursday afternoon. According to the Syrian Ministry of Transport, the boat departed Tuesday from the northern Minyeh region of Lebanon with between 120 and 150 people on board, bound for Europe.

Lebanese Transport Minister Ali Hamiye said 20 survivors were being treated in Syrian hospitals, most of them Syrians, of whom about 1 million live as refugees in Lebanon.

The boat was “very small” and made of wood, he said, describing such sailings as an almost daily event organized by people who didn’t care about safety.

Samer Qubrusli, Syria’s director-general of ports, said rescue efforts continued Friday.

A Syrian port official told state news agency SANA that 31 bodies had been washed to shore and the rest were picked up by Syrian boats that launched a search on Thursday evening.

The wave of such trips has been fueled by Lebanon’s financial collapse – one of the worst on record globally.

Lebanese Transport Minister Ali Hamiye said 20 survivors were being treated in Syrian hospitals, most of them Syrians, of whom about 1 million live as refugees in Lebanon.

Lebanese Transport Minister Ali Hamiye said 20 survivors were being treated in Syrian hospitals, most of them Syrians, of whom about 1 million live as refugees in Lebanon.

Ambulances await the arrival of the bodies of the sunken Lebanese on September 23, 2022 on the Lebanese side of the Arida border crossing with Syria

Ambulances await the arrival of the bodies of the sunken Lebanese on September 23, 2022 on the Lebanese side of the Arida border crossing with Syria

Lebanon, which has been embroiled in a financial crisis described by the World Bank as one of the worst in modern times since 2019, has become a launching pad for illegal migration, with its own citizens joining Syrian and Palestinian refugees clamoring for it. to leave the country

Lebanon, which has been embroiled in a financial crisis described by the World Bank as one of the worst in modern times since 2019, has become a launching pad for illegal migration, with its own citizens joining Syrian and Palestinian refugees clamoring for it. to leave the country

Poverty among the population of about 6.5 million people has increased enormously.

Cyprus mixed up search and rescue teams late Monday and Tuesday when two ships carrying migrants from Lebanon sent out distress signals over the span of a few hours; there were 300 in one barrel, 177 in the other.

They have all been rescued, according to the island’s Joint Rescue Coordination Center.

The Lebanese army said on Wednesday it rescued 55 people aboard a malfunctioning boat in the country’s territorial waters and towed it back to shore.

The number of people who left or attempted to leave Lebanon by sea nearly doubled in 2021 from 2020, the United Nations refugee agency told Reuters earlier this month.

In 2022, it increased again by more than 70% compared to the same period last year.

In April, a migrant boat departing from near the northern city of Tripoli sank during an interception by the Lebanese navy off the coast.

About 80 Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian migrants were on board, about 40 of whom were rescued, seven were confirmed dead and about 30 are still officially missing.

On Wednesday, Lebanese officials said naval forces rescued a boat carrying 55 migrants after it faced technical difficulties about 7 miles (11 kilometers) off the coast of the northern region of Akkar.

It said the people who were rescued were two pregnant women and two children.

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