Sunday 24 March 2019

Palestinian migrants from Syrian refugee camp drown en route to Turkey

Migrants in a boat off the coast of Bodrum, Turkey. (AP)
Migrants in a boat off the coast of Bodrum, Turkey. (AP)

A boat carrying about 40 Palestinians from a refugee camp in Syria has capsized en route to Turkey and at least nine migrants drowned, according to Lebanon's state-run National News Agency.

The vessel left the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli on Monday and capsized after entering Turkish territorial waters. The report said those on board were Palestinians from the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.

NNA says women and children were among the dead. Survivors were taken to hospitals in Turkey.

The UN says about 264,500 people have crossed the Mediterranean Sea so far this year, trying to reach Europe. That compares with 219,000 for all of last year, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

IOM estimates almost 2,350 people have died this year on those sea journeys.

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