Thursday, 24 October 2013

Indonesia: 33 Lebanese migrant boat victims identified

The bodies of 33 Lebanese who drowned off the Indonesian coast in a tragic boat accident last month have been identified following DNA analysis, the National News Agency reported Thursday.

A boat carrying around 80 migrants trying to illegally cross from Indonesia to Australia foundered off the Indonesian coast last month killing over 30 people. Only 18 survived.

Most of the Lebanese victims hailed from the underdeveloped area of north Lebanon and mainly from the Akkar village of Qabeet.

The NNA said two Lebanese who were on board of the boat, a man and a child, were still missing.

A search is under way for the remaining two, the state-run agency said, adding that the bodies would be returned to Lebanon as soon as possible.

The 18 survivors from the boat accident have already returned to Lebanon.

Thursday 24 October 2013


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