Death toll of boat sank off Algerian coast rises to 18 Syrians

RAQQA, Syria (North Press) – On Saturday, death toll of Syrian migrants whose boat was sank off Algerian coast rose to 18, all of them from the city of Kobani in Aleppo eastern countryside.   

The boat sank off hours after its departure, and all those on board drowned except for a young man, the Violations Documentation Center in Northern Syria (VDC-NSY) said.

The rising death toll caused a state of sorrow and sadness on social media.

Since January, dozens of migrants drowned in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe.  

On September 20, a Lebanese boat onboard nearly 150 Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinians among other, migrants sank off Tartus coast close to Arwad Island. 

The total toll of deaths reached 111 persons in 2021, according to International Organization for Migration.

Migration from Syria is increasing in general due to the deteriorating living conditions and security measures in a country ravaged by warring parties.

Reporting by Zana al-Ali