Boat with 8 Syrians capsizes off Lebanese coast; 5 missing

Lebanon is host to the highest number of refugees per capita in the world, with about 1 million Syrians — or nearly a quarter of the small Arab country’s population.

13 May 2019 | 15:37

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 13 May 2019 | 15:37

Syrian refugees arrive on the shores of Lesbos on September 11, 2015. (AFP Photo)

BEIRUT: A fishing boat that was illegally carrying eight Syrian refugees to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus capsized off the northern Lebanese town of Chekka on Monday, Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency reported.

The NNA said that Lebanon’s navy detained three of the Syrians when they returned to the coast and that the other five are still missing.

Lebanon is host to the highest number of refugees per capita in the world, with about 1 million Syrians — or nearly a quarter of the small Arab country’s population.

In September, a child drowned after a boat carrying 39 migrants hoping to reach Cyprus capsized off the northern Lebanese coast.

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