DAMASK, Syria (AP) — A ship wearing Lebanese migrants capsized off the coast of Syria on Thursday afternoon, killing a minimum of 15 other folks, Syrian state media reported.
State tv quoted the top of the Syrian Ports Authority, Brig. Common Samer Kobrosli mentioned 8 extra other folks had been rescued and brought to a sanatorium within the coastal town of Tartus for remedy. He added that government are nonetheless in search of survivors close to the Syrian Mediterranean island of Arvad.
It was once no longer instantly transparent what number of people had been on board and precisely the place they had been going.
State media didn’t supply any main points, however quoted some survivors as pronouncing that they had set sail from the Lebanese coastal the city of Minye a couple of days in the past, it sounds as if to achieve Europe. It mentioned that there have been other folks of various nationalities within the boat.
In fresh months, hundreds of Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians have left Lebanon via boat looking for higher alternatives in Europe.
Lebanon has a inhabitants of 6 million, together with 1 million Syrian refugees, and has been in a critical financial disaster since past due 2019 that has driven greater than three-quarters of the inhabitants under the poverty line.
In April, a boat wearing dozens of Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians looking to migrate via sea to Italy sank greater than 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the port of Tripoli after colliding with Lebanese naval forces. Dozens of other folks died within the incident.