| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

A brief of illegal immigrants from Lebanon to Europe

The boat sinking capsized off Lebanon’s Tripoli comes just one week after the army announced the arrest of a boat in the territorial waters at the Arida point, carrying twenty people who were illegally leaving the Lebanese shore.

This phenomenon is particularly noticeable in light of the financial and economic crises hitting the country. Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese immigrate illegally from Lebanon to Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, and Cyprus because they do not possess a travel visa.

In a tour of the most notable drownings of illegal immigrants:

On December 17, 2009, a boat sank after departing from Tripoli for Cyprus, killing four people.
– On May 19, 2015, a boat leaving Tripoli for Turkey sank, killing nine people.

Until 2018, specifically on September 22, a boat leaving from Akkar sank towards Cyprus, drowning one of the children among the forty people on board.

– On September 5, 2020, a boat set out from the port for Cyprus before sinking and killing ten people.
The army was able to apprehend twenty-one boats carrying seven hundred and seven people in 2021.

The recent Tripoli disaster adds to the chapters of large-scale illegal smuggling operations that have spread in Tripoli and Akkar as a result of security chaos and the activity of smuggling networks and smugglers.

  • Sawt Beirut International