At least 77 migrants dead after boat from Lebanon sinks off Syria

At least 77 migrants drowned when boat they boarded in Lebanon sank off Syria’s coast, Syria’s health minister says. Around 150 people, mostly Lebanese and Syrians, were on board the small boat that went down Thursday off the Syrian city of Tartus. Lebanon has become a launchpad for illegal migration, with its own citizens joining Syrian and Palestinian refugees clamoring to leave their homeland. Since 2019, Lebanon has been mired in a financial crisis branded by the World Bank as one of the worst in modern times. Many of the boat’s Lebanese passengers hail from impoverished regions in Lebanon’s north, including Tripoli.

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