Migrants fleeing Lebanon by boat are being brought back into the country by the navy

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Hundreds of Lebanese citizens have been rescued at sea since Lebanon’s financial troubles began

A boat full of migrants from Lebanon was rescued by the country’s navy after it collapsed in waters off the coast of the state, according to a statement from Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s office.

The migrants aboard the ship left Lebanon illegally, the office said Saturday, and the ship was towed back into the country by its naval forces.

After re-entering Lebanon, the dozens of migrants were, according to the National news agency.

This sparked outrage among relatives who demonstrated to obtain their release and blocked access to three main streets during the protests.

Hundreds of Lebanese citizens have been rescued at sea since Lebanon’s financial distress began in 2019, according to the Associated press.

In 2020, several migrants who left the state drowned in the Mediterranean while trying to reach the ports of Europe.

The financial situation in the country is catastrophic and drives many to flee and look for opportunities abroad.

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Lebanon’s local currency has lost over 90 percent of its value, and the World Bank says the country’s economy is facing “one of the worst global crises”.

On Friday, Mikati said the government’s cabinet will be in session soon, a conference that could potentially lead to progress in talks with the International Monetary Fund on aid to Lebanon.


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