SOHR: The unknown fate of 12 Syrians who survived the “death boat” .. and fears that their fate will be the same as the previous ones arrested last year
The fate of the Syrian survivors of the “Death Boat” incident is still ambiguous, amid fears for their lives from arrest, as among the “20” survivors, are young men of Syrian nationality. Millions of Syrians, through illegal smuggling, found an opportunity to escape the violence of the Syrian regime and escape from Compulsory and reserve services.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented, at least 12 Syrians among the survivors, from the governorates of Idlib, Latakia and Aleppo, most of whom fled Syria to escape compulsory and reserve conscription, and some of them were opponents and were detained by the Syrian regime.
On February 11, 2021, dozens of Syrian refugees were deceived by Lebanese smugglers who set off on a boat from the beach of Tripoli, while the boat arrived carrying dozens of Syrian migrants who were intending to migrate to Europe, while they found themselves on the Syrian beaches of Banias.
They were arrested by the regime forces and transported by bus to the security centers in Damascus, and the fate of many of them is still unknown until now.
Syrian law provides for imprisonment from one to five years and a fine of 5 to 10 million, or one of these two penalties for anyone who entered or left the Syrian Arab Republic illegally or was arrested at the Syrian border without justification for his presence.
While the smuggling operation took place from Lebanese territory, while the survivors searching for a safe haven in the Syrian waters off Tartus were pulled out, without knowing the legal procedure followed against the survivors of the sinking boat off Tartus, and the penalties applied against the survivors so far.
Yesterday, the activists of the Syrian Observatory monitored the death toll from the “death boat” rising to 104 people who drowned at sea, while dozens of people are still missing and have not been found.
The regime forces continue their recklessness and failure to conduct search and survey operations by the rescue teams of the Syrian regime.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirms that the families and fishermen of Arwad, Tartous and Baniyas have the greatest credit for the rescue operations and the provision of assistance, whether by exhuming the bodies, finding the bodies of others and rescuing those who were found alive.
The Syrian Observatory recalls that some survivors are in danger, given that they are wanted by the regime in Syria and were residing within Lebanese territory.
The Syrian Observatory calls for all those involved in the tragedy to be held accountable before it occurred and even after it occurred, including the authorities responsible for the rescue for their inaction and Samer Kobarli, “General Director of Ports.”
Source: Middle East 24