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Conflict Incident Report

9 Palestinians Drown as Boat Sinks after Leaving Tripoli Port

Date of incident: 
August 19, 2015
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Palestinian Civilians/Refugees

Nine people, including women and children, were killed when a boat smuggling Palestinians from Lebanon's northern port of Tripoli sank in Turkey's territorial waters, one of the survivors said on Wednesday. The state-run National News Agency said the survivor told his relatives that the boat was carrying 40 Palestinians from Syrian camps, mainly Yarmuk in Damascus, who had taken refuge in Palestinian shantytowns in northern Lebanon. The boat left the Port of Tripoli on Monday and when it reached Turkey's territorial waters it sank due to overloading, the survivor said, according to NNA. “The Turkish coast guard helped survivors and took them to hospitals,” he added. It was not clear if the final destination of the migrants was Turkey.

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Personal Accident [inc. drowning, suicide...]
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