Seeking for safe haven | Syrian family drowns while attempting to reach Europe from Libya
SOHR sources have reported that a Syrian family drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.
According to sources, a young man, his mother, his wife and his little son and daughter who were from Saraqeb city in Idlib countryside had left to Lebanon, before their bodies where found in the Libya’s territorial water, as they were heading to the Italian coast. The bodies were taken to Libya where they were buried.
It is worth noting that the Syrians who try to smuggle themselves to Europe head to Libya for being close to Europe, especially since the Turks have imposed strict security measures opposite Greece’s border. Moreover, the refugees pay large sums of money to smugglers in order to reach Europe.
SOHR activists have obtained pictures, leaked by a survivor from a prison in Libya, showing tens of Syrian young men in this prison after being arrested while they were attempting to smuggle themselves to Europe.
Meanwhile, the sources have reported that the Libyan Coast Guard Forces bring back many rafts attempting to reach Europe on a daily basis, while people on these rafts are being held in the prisons of Abu Salim, Ain Zara and Ghoutat al-Sha’al in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.