Lebanese naval forces prevent refugees from leaving country

Lebanese army turns back 53 refugees trying to leave country illegally

Photo by: Lebanese Army (Archive)
Photo by: Lebanese Army (Archive)

Updated Oct 22, 2015

Lebanese naval forces returned a boat carrying 53 refugees illegally attempting to leave the country from the northern coastal city of Tripoli.

The announcement came from the Lebanese army that over half the people returned were Palestinians, 14 of them Syrians and eight Lebanese.

"There were 53 people on a boat that fits 15 people. The boat has been returned - with all people on board - to the Lebanese shore and an investigation has been opened," the army said in a statement.

Meanwhile the lifeless bodies of seven Lebanese family members who drowned when their migrant boat capsized in the Aegean last week were brought back to their grieving relatives in Lebanon on Wednesday. Turkey delivered the bodies to Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport.

Lebanese Transport Minister Ghazi Zeaiter told reporters at the airport that “the death of the seven family members struck the nation.”

Most of refugees that are seeking asylum in European countries are from war-torn countries such as Syria and Iraq.

Refugees aims to reach Turkey and Greece with cheap jack boats are risking their lives for a better future.

IOM Greece reports that after consultations with the Greek Police, an unprecedented number of refugees arrived into Greece this weekend, with totals exceeding the arrivals during peak summer sailing days.

Over 8,900 refugees crossed into Greece on Friday, with arrivals exceeding 9,100 on Saturday and an estimated 9,200 on Sunday.

A total of over 27,000 refugees entered Greece last weekend, 16,448 arrived on the island of Lesvos and on the island of Chios, which previously saw arrivals of up to 300-500 refugees a day witnessed the arrival of over 4,300 refugees.



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