‘Third child’ dies on migrant ship stranded in Mediterranean Sea

by | Sep 7, 2022 | World

Passengers say they have been without food and water for several days, as Malta ‘refuses’ to allow rescue operation.Activists and relatives of Lebanese and Syrian migrants and refugees stranded on board a sinking boat near the island of Malta have said that a third child has died on the vessel, and that they have lost contact with it.
The international activist network Alarm Phone said on Tuesday that the last contact with the roughly 60 Lebanese and Syrians had been overnight.
The migrants had told their relatives and volunteer groups by satellite phone that they had been without food, water and baby formula for several days.
They also said that a third child had died on board due to dehydration, according to the relatives.
The vessel left from the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli about 10 days ago. The passengers, headed for Italy, include Syrian refugees and Lebanese from the country’s north.
The passengers have urged European coastguards to rescue them.

Since yesterday evening, also the relatives of people on the boat lost contact to the distressed. We keep alerting authorities but they refuse to inform us if any rescue efforts have been undertaken. End this cruel non-assistance!
— Alarm Phone (@alarm_phone) September 6, 2022

Alarm Phone tweeted that it continued to alert authorities but that they “refuse to inform us if any rescue efforts have been undertaken”.
“End this cruel non-assistance,” the group said.
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