NNA - At least 73 migrants drowned when a boat they boarded in Lebanon sank off Syria's coast, Syria's Health Minister said Friday, the deadliest such shipwreck from Lebanon in recent years.
Around 150 people, mostly Lebanese and Syrians, were on board the small boat that sank Thursday in the Mediterranean Sea off the Syrian city of Tartus.
"The number of victims from the shipwreck has reached 73 people," Syria's Health Minister Hassan al-Ghabash said in a statement, adding that 20 survivors were being treated in hospital in Tartus.
Of those rescued, five were Lebanese, Lebanon's caretaker transport minister Ali Hamie told AFP.
"I am discussing with Syria's transport minister a mechanism to retrieve the corpses from Syria," Hamie said. -- AFP