Lebanon, mother hugging her child still at the bottom of the sea- Corriere.it

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The recovery of the bodies of a boat that sank on April 24 with more than 85 migrants on board, mostly women and children, was interrupted. The remains of about 30 people remain at the bottom of the sea

Many victims of the sea, people trying to escape hunger, embarking on unsafe vehicles that sink in deep waters. In an attempt to recover the bodies of a boat that sank on April 24 in Lebanese waters, the recovery team identified a mother, or what’s left of her, still holding her baby. “There was a woman down at the bottom of the sea, whose body got stuck halfway out of a porthole, while she was holding her son,” said a member of the team who took part in the attempt in northern Lebanon. recovery of the more than 30 drowned bodies four months ago.

On April 24, the boat carrying more than 85 migrants it had sunk in circumstances yet to be clarified after contact with a Lebanese navy patrol boat. About forty people, mostly women and children – Syrians, Palestinians and Lebanese who were trying to flee the country after economic collapse – were fatally trapped in the boat. Some survivors had accused the Lebanese military of having specifically rammed the ship, but the navy denied the circumstance.

The lawyers of the victims’ families are calling for an international investigation to be opened, given that the Lebanese investigation is effectively closed. It was hoped that the recovery of the boat could provide information to the investigators.

Lebanon has been grappling with the worst financial crisis in its history for three years. According to the UN, more than 80% of the population now lives below the poverty line, and since 2020 Lebanon has seen an exponential increase in the number of Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians residing in the country seeking an escape route to Europe .

The recovery operations of the drowned bodies at the end of April they had started in recent days, with months of delay and only thanks to a private initiative activated through a fundraiser that was partly managed by the families of the victims, originally from Tripoli, but now transferred to Australia.

After a few attempts, during which the remains of some people were brought to the surface and disintegrated under the eyes of the rescuers, the Lebanese navy informed the Australian non-governmental organization of the impossibility of continuing for unspecified “security risks”.

The mission was therefore not completed and the submarine with its technical crew has already left Lebanon. And so the victims’ families were unable to get back the remains of their loved ones to bury. The approximately 30 bodies, including that of the young woman and her son, are destined to remain at the bottom of the sea.

September 2, 2022 (change September 2, 2022 | 19:11)

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