Thursday, 31 October 2013

Lebanese child boat victim identified

The body of a child from the northern city of Akkar has been identified among the victims from the tragic boat accident last month in Indonesia, the National News Agency reported Wednesday.

The body of Ibrahim al-Mahmoud was identified through DNA testing, the Lebanese Charges d’Affaires in Jakarta informed Lebanon’s caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, the state-run agency said.

His body will be returned to Lebanon with 33 other victims that have been identified using DNA analysis.

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 and have returned to Lebanon.

Last week the NNA reported that the bodies of 33 Lebanese who drowned of the Indonesian coast had been identified following DNA analysis, adding that two Lebanese, a man and child, were still missing.

The bodies of the 34 victims will arrive at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri’s International Airport Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

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

Thursday 31 October 2013


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