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71 bodies of migrants found after boat sinks off Syrian coast (photos)

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The our bodies of 71 migrants have been discovered after a ship they had been travelling in on Thursday, September 22, sank off Syria’s coast, whereas 20 survivors are being handled, Syria’s Well being minister has mentioned.

 

Officers within the Syrian metropolis of Tartus mentioned Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian nationals together with ladies and youngsters had been among the many 120-150 individuals who had been on board when the boat sank on Thursday.

 

Officers added that the vessel had departed from Minyeh, a metropolis close to the Lebanese port metropolis of Tripoli and was heading to Europe when it sank.

 

It’s not clear what brought on the accident and the well being ministry says a rescue try is ongoing.

 

Tartus, the place survivors have been transported, is about 30 miles (50 km) north of Tripoli, in line with experiences.

 

Lebanon hosts an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees, and virtually 14,000 from different international locations, in line with the UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It hosts the most important variety of refugees per capita on the planet.

 

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