Refugees: Dozens killed after boat crash off Syrian coast

Dozens dead after boat crash off Syrian coast

People in the Palestinian refugee camp Shatila in the Lebanese capital Beirut with the coffin of a drowned man. photo


A boat carrying migrants has sunk off the coast of Syria. Human rights activists speak of dozens dead. Apparently, the people did not only come from the civil war country.

After a boat accident off the Syrian coast, the death toll has continued to rise. More than 90 people were killed and dozens are still missing, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The Syrian state news agency Sana reported 89 fatalities. The search for victims is still ongoing.

According to the Observatory, at least 160 people were on board, including Syrians, Lebanese and Palestinians. At least 20 people survived the accident.

The boat carrying migrants of different nationalities originally left Lebanon on Tuesday, sources at the port of Tripoli in northern Lebanon said. The boat capsized off the island of Arwad near the port city of Tartus in Syrian waters. Again and again, many people from the civil war country dare the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.

Report at the Observatory (Arabic)


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