Six dead in Tripoli boat capsizing, Lebanon minister says


[25-04-2022 10:19 AM]

Ammon News - Six people died when a boat capsized off the Lebanese coast of Tripoli overnight, including at least one child, Lebanese transport minister Ali Hamie told Reuters.

The small dinghy carrying around 60 people sunk off the coast on Saturday night with both Lebanese and Syrians aboard.

Hamie told Reuters that a young girl's body was retrieved on Saturday night and that the army had recovered another five on Sunday morning.

The army had previously said the vessel had left the coast illegally. In a press conference on Sunday, it said naval forces had crashed into the dinghy as the smuggler in charge tried to evade the military.

"The Lebanese military saved at least 47 people, but we don't know how many more are missing because we don't know the total number of those aboard," said Hamie.

Tensions were rising in Tripoli on Sunday as relatives of the victims gathered in agitated crowds outside hospitals where those hurt in the sinking were receiving treatment.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced a national day of mourning on Monday.




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