LEBANON, TUNISIA: A child died and 45 people were rescued on Saturday (April 23) after a boat carrying around 60 migrants sank off Lebanon, where deadly sea crossings have spiralled due to an economic crisis.
“Forty-five people have been rescued and the corpse of one child” has been retrieved from the boat that sank near the coast of the northern city of Tripoli, Public Works and Transport Minister Ali Hamie told a local broadcaster.
He said around 60 people were on the vessel carrying illegal migrants out of Lebanon.
Lebanon, a nation of 6 million people, including 1 million Syrian refugees is in the grip of the worst economic crisis in the country’s modern history. The economic meltdown has put more than three-quarters of the country’s population into poverty.
Meanwhile, at least 12 African migrants died and another 10 were missing after four boats carrying 120 migrants sank off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, a security official told Reuters on Saturday.
The coastline of Sfax has become a major departure point for people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East and seeking a better life in Europe.
Figures from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) showed that more than 123,000 migrants arrived to Italy in 2021, compared to more than 95,000 in 2020.
– THE HINDUSTAN TIMES,THE INDIAN EXPRESS