Refugee child found dead on northern coast

Reports are that the the child fell into the river before searchers found him on the seashore in the morning.

15 March 2017 | 13:19

Source: Annahar

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  • Last update: 15 March 2017 | 13:19

Chehadeh's father reported Tuesday at 2:30 pm the absence of his child. (NNA/File)

BEIRUT: Four-year-old Syrian refugee, Rasoul Chehadeh, was found dead Wednesday morning on the northern Lebanese coast between Nahr al Bared refugee camp and Al Abada fishing port, 16 km from the city of Tripoli.

Chehadeh's father, who currently resides in the town of Mahmara near Nahr al-Bared, reported Tuesday at 2:30 pm the absence of his child. 

"Rasoul usually heads to feed the chickens in the coop near our tent, so it took us a while to notice his absence and report him missing to the ISF," 41-year-old father Mamdouh Chehadeh told Annahar.

"We searched for him late through the night on the riverside and near the tent to no avail, until news of discovering his body struck us this morning."

The incident is reminiscent of the death two years ago of Aylan Kurdi, another Syrian three-year-old, who was found on a beach in Turkey in early September 2015 after drowning while trying to make a treacherous journey with his family across Turkey to Europe.

According to the UN refugee agency, 5,096 refugees and migrants were reported dead or missing at sea last year.

Lebanese army soldiers were present on the scene as a Lebanese Red Cross team transferred the deceased child to Dr.Abdullah Al Rassi Governmental Hospital in Halba, 27 km from the city of Tripoli.

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