Boat with migrants sinks in Syrian waters; 34 people died

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Syrian authorities have found 34 dead and 14 survivors after a boat carrying migrants capsized near the Syrian coastal town of Tartous, which survivors say left northern Lebanon, Samer Qubrusli, Syria’s director-general of ports, told Reuters.

Qubrusli cited survivors who said the boat departed Minyeh, northern Lebanon, days ago, and added that there were passengers of various nationalities on the vessel.

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He said search operations were under way in difficult conditions due to rough seas and strong winds.

Lebanon has seen a surge in migration driven by one of the world’s deepest economic crises since the 1850s. In addition to the Lebanese, many of those boarding migrant boats are already refugees from Syria and Palestine.

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Dozens of people in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli held a protest on Thursday to alert authorities that they had lost contact with an migrant boat with dozens aboard.

Reuters could not immediately confirm whether it was the same boat mentioned by Syrian authorities.

Source: CNN Brasil

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