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Migrants from Lebanon destined for Italy are transferred to Greece: video


Migrants from Lebanon destined for Italy are transferred to Greece: video

Migrants from North Lebanon who thought they were going to Italy by sea were transferred to Greece. (Credit: Screen capture of a video, provided by our correspondent Michel Hallak)

BEIRUT — Migrants leaving from North Lebanon and who thought they were going to Italy by sea, were transferred to Greece, according to a video broadcast on social networks and reported by our correspondent in North Lebanon.

Here's what we know:

    • In this video, one of the migrants says that they first arrived to regional waters on the Italian side but "the European Union coast guard" took them on board a ship towards the Greek coast. "Greece is the cemetery of refugees, it kills them, drowns them," he added.

    • Many people are trying to illegally leave a Lebanon by sea amid an ever worsening economic crisis. In mid-June, the Lebanese Army arrested 34 Syrian and Lebanese migrants between the regions of Sarafand and Saida, in southern Lebanon, while they were making preparations before sailing clandestinely for Europe.

    • Last April, a migrant boat was shipwrecked off Qalamoun in North Lebanon. Seven dead bodies were recovered  and 45 people were rescued, while around 30 others are still missing.


BEIRUT — Migrants leaving from North Lebanon and who thought they were going to Italy by sea, were transferred to Greece, according to a video broadcast on social networks and reported by our correspondent in North Lebanon.Here's what we know:    • In this video, one of the migrants says that they first arrived to regional waters on the Italian side but "the European Union coast...