Six dead in Tripoli boat capsizing, Lebanon minister, says

Medics wait on the pier as soldiers search for survivors off the coast of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on April 24, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
AMMAN — 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, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The small dinghy carried 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. The army had recovered another five on Sunday morning.

The army had previously said the vessel had left the coast illegally. A press conference on Sunday 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 rose 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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