The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Drowned near Libyan coastline | Number of Syrian fatalities in migrant boat disaster increases to ten

Reliable SOHR sources have confirmed the death of more five Syrian refugees in the disaster of the migrant boat which sank in the Mediterranean sea near the Libyan coastline. Accordingly, the number of Syrian refugees who drowned in the sea, while attempting to reach a safe haven, has increased to ten, and they hailed form Al-Zayabiyah in Rif Dimashq, Daraa Al-Balad, Jasim and Nawa in the western countryside of Daraa.


Syrians are struggling with dreadful living conditions in Syria due to the protracted war and its unpleasant repercussions which badly impacted economy and living and social situations; this, in turn spurred many Syrians, especially young people, to risk their safety and lives by taking dangerous routes to sneak into neighbouring countries and Europe, dreaming to enjoy decent standards of living.


On Wednesday, SOHR sources reported that five Syrian refugees died, when a boat carrying a group of refugees sank in the Mediterranean Sea near Libyan coasts.


The five refugees hail from Nawa City in Daraa, where they left their country due to the economic conditions, in search for safe haven and a job opportunity that secures a better life.


According to sources in the Libyan Anti-Immigration Service, Libyan militias pursued refugees to return them to the Libyan lands and tried to sink the boats in case the refugees rejected their orders.


The issue of illegal immigration is one of the most prominent issues of concern to the Libyan authorities, in addition to the deportation of illegal immigrants through the Musaed land port with Egypt.