One child has died but more than 40 people have been rescued after a boat capsized off the coast of Lebanon’s capital Tripoli on Saturday, Tourism Minister Ali Hamie said. Reuters.
The Lebanese Red Cross said in a tweet that there were about 60 people on board and said it had sent more than a dozen vehicles to the scene.
“We are still looking for the rest of those on board, including both Lebanese and Syrians,” Hamie said.
An angry mob began to gather around the port in the middle of the night, a Reuters witness said, adding that ambulances carrying people to the coast could be seen.
The Lebanese government says a statement by Prime Minister Najib Mikati following the sinking of a ship carrying passengers from the Qalamoun region, south of Tripoli, is illegal.
Lebanon’s economic crisis has prompted waves of Lebanese and Syrian refugees to try dangerous voyages to Europe in small boats.
Tripoli is the second largest city in Lebanon and the poorest in the Mediterranean, according to the United Nations Habitat Program.
One dead, more than 40 rescued after boat capsizes off Lebanon’s Tripoli port – SABC
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