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Two refugees dies and 232 rescued off Lebanon

Two refugees dies and 232 rescued off Lebanon

Two refugees dies and 232 rescued off Lebanon

Two refugees dies and 232 rescued off Lebanon

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  • Two migrants and refugees dead and 232 others in need of rescue, army says.
  • Rescue effort took place off Selaata, north of the Lebanese capital Beirut.
  • Men, women, and children from Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine on the boat.
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The boat they were travelling on collapsed off the coast of Lebanon, leaving two migrants and refugees dead and 232 others in need of rescue, according to the Lebanese army.

The army reported that a rescue effort took place off Selaata, north of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, including three naval ships and a boat controlled by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

There were men, women, and children from Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine on the boat that left northern Lebanon after midnight on Friday, according to reports from Tripoli, the region’s second-largest and poorest city.

Residents of Tripoli in contact with survivors reported that a Syrian mother and a Syrian kid were among the deceased.

Earlier, the army claimed that a naval patrol had been sent to save the passengers trying to “illegally exit Lebanese waters” on the ship.

On Twitter, UNIFIL confirmed it was assisting the Lebanese navy “in search and rescue operation at sea between Beirut and Tripoli where a boat in distress with a large number of people on board was found”.

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According to the news agency, dozens of rescued people’s relatives poured into Tripoli harbor to wait for their arrival on land.

The World Bank has ranked Lebanon’s economic crisis as one of the worst in modern history. Additionally, the nation is home to over a million Syrian conflict refugees.

Once merely a staging area for international migrants and refugees, Lebanon’s own inhabitants are now joining the Syrian and Palestinian refugees who are clamoring to go via perilous maritime routes after nearly three years of economic collapse.

“We can no longer live in this country – or Syria,” said Younes Jomaa, a Syrian originating from Idlib and a brother of one of the surviving refugees.

“I had planned to go with my brother, but was unable to get enough money together,” Jomaa said, adding that his brother had taken on debt to fund his voyage.

One of the deadliest such incidents occurred in late September when a boat carrying migrants and refugees capsized off the coast of Syria.

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Cyprus, which is only 175 kilometers (110 miles) away, is one of the main destinations for migrants and refugees leaving Lebanon for Europe.

According to the UN’s refugee agency, between January and November 2021, at least 1,570 people, including 186 Lebanese citizens, sailed or attempted to embark on unauthorized sea voyages from Lebanon.

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