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Migrants: Lebanon, 34 illegal immigrants arrested, including women and children

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(ANSAMed) – BEIRUT, JUN 16 – The Lebanese army announced today that it had arrested 34 illegal Syrian and Lebanese migrants headed for Italy and who were leaving the coast of southern Lebanon. According to the army communiqué, cited by the Lebanese agency NNA, migrants were arrested, including women and children. And the judiciary has opened an investigation.

In Lebanon for three years struggling with the worst financial crisis in its history and where, according to the UN, more than 80% of the population now lives below the poverty line, since 2020 the number of Lebanese has increased exponentially, Syrians and Palestinians residing in Lebanon seeking an escape route to Europe.

In recent weeks the army had stopped 64 illegal migrants also headed for Italy and who were setting sail from the north coast of the country.

In April, more than 35 people, including women, children and babies, drowned in a shipwreck of a migrant boat, which was rammed – according to eyewitnesses – by a Lebanese navy patrol boat off the coast of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. . (ANSAMed).

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Source: Ansa

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