Tragedy Strikes as Boat Carrying Migrants Sinks off Greece: Dozens Dead and Hundreds Missing

2023-06-15 12:17:22

  • George Wright Wolra Goose
  • BBC News

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At least 78 people have been killed and more than 100 rescued after a private fishing boat they were traveling in sank off southern Greece.

But survivors indicated that around 750 migrants may have been crammed onto the boat, with reports of 100 children among them.

Greece says the disaster is one of the biggest migrant tragedies ever, declaring three days of public mourning.

Ahmed Al-Deek, advisor at the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirmed in an exclusive interview with the BBC that the rescue teams recovered the bodies of 50 illegal immigrants, and rescued about 180 others out of more than 500 people, noting that Palestinian immigrants were on two boats, and most of them were rescued. .

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