Palestinian refugees hold international community responsible for migrant deaths

20-08-2015 14:27




Palestinian refugees who have fled the violence in Syria and are now in neighbouring Lebanon hold the international community and UNRWA responsible for failing to make adequate provision for them. This, they have alleged, pushes hundreds to make the perilous journey to Turkey and Europe by illegal means, leading to the drowning of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

At least nine migrants, including women and children, were the latest to die when the boat carrying them and about 40 Palestinians from Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria capsized en route to Turkey yesterday. Lebanon's state-run National News Agency said that the vessel left the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli on Monday and capsized after entering Turkish territorial waters.

The Turkish Coast Guard Service has rescued over 33,000 illegal migrants in the Aegean Sea since the beginning of this year. Most were heading for Greece. Forty-seven people have been arrested for human trafficking

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