No less than 77 migrants have drowned and a number of other extra are lacking after their boat sank off the coast of Syria, officers say.
Greater than 120 individuals — primarily Lebanese and Syrians — are believed to have been on board the small boat that capsized on its option to Europe.
Lebanese Transport Minister Ali Hamie mentioned on Friday that 19 individuals had been rescued close to the Syrian port metropolis of Tartus.
Thursday’s tragedy is prone to be the highest-ever loss of life toll for a migrant crossing from Lebanon.
“I’m discussing with the Syrian transport minister a mechanism to get better the our bodies in Syria,” Hamie advised AFP, including that rescue efforts have been nonetheless underway.
In April, dozens of individuals have been killed when an overcrowded migrant vessel sank off the coast of Tripoli, prompting widespread anger.
Lebanon has seen a spike in migration amid a deepening financial disaster.
The quantity of people that tried to depart Lebanon by sea almost doubled in 2021 in comparison with the earlier 12 months, in keeping with the UN Refugee Company (UNHCR).
Uncommon migrant sea rescue off the coast of Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s inside ministry mentioned on Thursday that 38 migrants, together with eight youngsters, have been rescued within the Black Sea by the nation’s coastguard.
The group — from Syria and Afghanistan — have been noticed in bother throughout a storm on their option to Romania, officers mentioned.
It’s the first time since 2014 that migrants have been present in Bulgarian territorial waters, in keeping with Anton Mirkov, director of the regional border police.
“The boat was seven to eight metres lengthy and ran out of gas,” he advised reporters.
Bulgaria lately despatched round 300 troopers to its 259-kilometre border with Turkey to bolster a barbed wire fence.
Stress on migration within the EU nation has risen after two law enforcement officials have been killed by a bus carrying migrants final month.
Greek coastguard searches for lacking migrants
The Greek coast guard has additionally said that it’s looking for six migrants reported lacking off the southeastern Aegean island of Leros.
Officers say that 49 migrants have been discovered “in good well being” on an island seashore however that “their inflatable boat was discovered destroyed at sea”.
Survivors mentioned that “a complete of 55 individuals have been on board the boat,” the Greek coastguard added in a assertion.
The vast majority of the migrants are from Somalia, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
One other rescue operation was additionally underway close to the southwestern city of Pylos on the Greek mainland.
The coastguard says that 85 migrants “in problem” have been rescued by a cargo ship and oil tanker within the space. The survivors have been transferred to the close by port of Kalamata.