DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A ship carrying migrants from Lebanon capsized off Syria’s coast Thursday afternoon killing a minimum of 15 individuals, Syrian state media reported.
State tv quoted the pinnacle of Syrian Ports Authority Brig. Gen. Samer Kobrosli as saying eight others have been rescued and brought for remedy at a hospital within the coastal metropolis of Tartus. He added authorities are nonetheless trying to find survivors close to the Syrian Mediterranean island of Arwad.
It was not instantly clear how many individuals have been aboard and the place precisely they have been heading.
State media gave no additional particulars however quoted a few of the survivors as saying that they sailed from the Lebanese coastal city of Minyeh a number of days in the past apparently aiming to achieve Europe. It stated the boat was carrying individuals of various nationalities.
1000’s of Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians have left Lebanon on boats over the previous months searching for higher alternatives in Europe.
Lebanon has a inhabitants of 6 million, together with 1 million Syrian refugees, and has been within the grips of a extreme financial meltdown since late 2019 that has pulled over three-quarters of the inhabitants into poverty.
In April, a ship carrying dozens of Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians attempting emigrate by sea to Italy went down greater than 5 kilometers (three miles) from the port of Tripoli, following a confrontation with the Lebanese navy. Dozens have been killed within the incident.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.