Migrants: Boat stopped with Lebanese, Syrians towards Cyprus

Attempts to flee Lebanon and Syria are on the rise

09 September, 18:16

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, SEPTEMBER 9 - A boat with dozens of Lebanese and Syrian migrants heading towards Cyprus was intercepted on Wednesday, said Lebanese news agency NNA, citing the Lebanese Navy. The boat departed during the night from the northern port of Tripoli, in Lebanon, and intended to reach the coast of Cyprus, 160 kilometres away. This is the second time in recent days that an episode like this has taken place. An increasingly high number of Lebanese and Syrian refugees are fleeing their countries and attempting to cross the sea to escape difficult socio-economic conditions. Two days ago, Cypriot authorities said they intend to coordinate better with Beirut to face the issue of illegal migrant boats both from a point of view of security and control. The situation in Lebanon, a country battered by its worst economic crisis in the past 30 years, worsened after the August 4 explosion that destroyed entire neighbourhoods in Beirut. The explosion killed at least 192 people, wounded another 6,500, and left about 300,000 people without a home.(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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