34 migrants found drowned off the Syrian coast | The migrant crisis

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34 migrants found drowned off the Syrian coast | The migrant crisis

Search was still ongoing to find survivors (archives).

At least 34 migrants have been found drowned after their boat sank off the northwestern port city of Tartous, while searches are still underway to find survivors, the Syrian ministry said on Thursday. Health.

The number of people found drowned has risen to 34 and 20 people are receiving treatment at al-Basel hospital in Tartous, the ministry said in a statement , which had previously reported 28 deaths.

Oxygen assistance is provided to most of the victims and some of them have been transferred to the intensive care room, added the same source, stressing that all caregivers in the region are mobilized.

< p class="e-p">Syrian television reported that the boat was carrying at least 150 people before the sinking.

According to survivors, the boat left the port of MiniƩ in northern Lebanon a few days ago, Syrian Ports Director General Samer Kbrasli said earlier in a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Transport, indicating that the migrants are of various nationalities, without giving further details.

Rescue teams are trying to find other survivors off Tartous, according to the release.

Due to the serious economic crisis in which Lebanon is plunged, Syrian and Palestinian refugees as well as Lebanese have tried in recent months to cross the Mediterranean in makeshift boats to reach European countries, in particular the island of Cyprus, located 175 kilometers from the Lebanese coast.

In April, the sinking of an overloaded migrant boat, chased by the Lebanese navy off of Tripoli (north), had killed 6 people and caused great anger in the country in crisis.

According to the UN, at least 38 boats carrying more than 1,500 people have left or attempted to leave Lebanon illegally by sea since 2020.

On September 13, the Turkish Coast Guard announced the death of 6 migrants, including 2 babies, and rescued 73 people who were trying to reach Europe, off the province of Mugla (south-west).

Their nationality was not immediately mentioned, but they would have embarked from the Lebanese port of Tripoli on Saturday to try to reach Italy, they indicated, citing the testimony of those rescued.

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