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Ferry carrying migrants from Lebanon capsizes near Syria, 15 dead

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A migrant boat has capsized off Syria, killing at least 15 people.
Officials said 8 people were rescued, they were admitted to hospital.
Migration cases from Lebanon increased rapidly in the years 2021 and 2022 compared to the year 2020.

Damascus. A boat carrying migrants from Lebanon capsized off Syria on Thursday afternoon, killing at least 15 people. Syrian state media reported the news. Syrian state television quoted General Samir Kobrosli, head of the Syrian Ports Authority, as saying 15 bodies had been recovered and eight people had been rescued and taken to a hospital in the coastal town of Tartous for treatment. . He said authorities were looking for survivors near the Syrian Mediterranean island of Arvad. It was not immediately clear how many people were on the boat and where they were going.

The report quotes survivors as saying the boat left Mineh in northern Lebanon a few days ago and the people on board came from different countries. People said the search operation is continuing with the help of local fishermen. Let us tell you that since the 1850s there has been a rapid increase in migration to Lebanon due to one of the deepest economic crises in the world. Besides Lebanon, many of the people on board the migrant boats are already refugees from Syria and the Palestinian Territories. Earlier Thursday, dozens of people demonstrated in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli to alert authorities that they had lost contact with a migrant boat carrying dozens of people on board.

The Lebanese army said on Wednesday it had rescued 55 people aboard a shipwrecked in the country’s waters, who were brought ashore. Last April, a migrant boat that had sailed off Tripoli sank during an interception by the Lebanese Navy off the country’s coast. Around 80 Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian migrants were on board, of whom around 40 were rescued, seven were confirmed dead and around 30 are officially missing. The UN refugee agency told Reuters earlier this month that the number of people leaving or trying to leave Lebanon had almost doubled between 2020 and 2021 and increased by more than 70% in 2022. The main reason is the deterioration of the economic situation in Lebanon and the inability to survive.

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