Latest update | 51 people heading to Europe die as migrant boat sinks in Mediterranean sea • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Latest update | 51 people heading to Europe die as migrant boat sinks in Mediterranean sea

Rescue operations are ongoing in search for missing people after the sinking of a boat carrying migrants in the Mediterranean sea. SOHR sources have reported that rescue teams have found more bodies of people who drowned during their trip to Europe, where the total death toll has risen to 51 people at least. It is worth noting that a regime helicopter with searchlight started searching for missing people, nearly six hours after reporting about the first victim yesterday.

 

Yesterday, SOHR sources reported that rescue teams, with the help of Syrian fishermen, pulled out 20 Syrian and Lebanese survivals and transported them to hospitals in Tartous city, some of whom were in critical health conditions, as they were resisting death for hours after the sinking of the boat in the Mediterranean sea. Meanwhile, sources confirmed that the Russians did not participate in searching operations which were ongoing near their bases in Tartous.

 

According to reliable SOHR sources, the boat set off on Tuesday morning, September 20, from Al-Miniyeh port in the Lebanese city of Tripoli heading to Cyprus. The boat carried 120 to 150 migrants of Lebanese, Syrian and other nationalities. However, the boat sank off the Syrian island of Arwad. Syrian fishermen take part in rescue operations and they managed to pull out most of the bodies and survivals before the arrival of regime-affiliated rescue teams.