“Very unhappy information from the Aegean: Dozens of individuals are lacking after a ship sank off the island of Rhodes this morning (Wednesday),” UNHCR’s workplace in Greece stated in a tweet.
Information media reported that the vessel sank at daybreak after setting sail from southern Türkiye yesterday, heading for Italy.
“A serious search and rescue operation is underway,” stated UNHCR.
In response to information stories, the Greek Coast Guard stated that an air and sea rescue operation saved 29 folks, all males, from the waters between Rhodes and Crete.
The media additionally cited the Greek authorities in reporting that the rescued are from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran.
The wrecked boat had sailed from Antalya, situated on the southern coast of neighbouring Türkiye.
Nonetheless looking out
Information media quoted a Greek Coast Guard press official who stated that these rescued affirmed that the voyage started with 80 folks on board – so as much as 50 are nonetheless lacking.
UNHCR confirmed the variety of lacking.
For the reason that starting of the 12 months, UNHCR has stated that greater than 60 folks have died within the japanese Mediterranean.
Aegean Sea crossings between the Greek islands and Turkish coasts are sometimes perilous – taking the lives of many migrants and refugees who journey on makeshift boats with hopes of arriving in Europe.
Since January, 64 folks have died within the japanese Mediterranean, and 111 in 2021, in line with knowledge from the Worldwide Group for Migration (IOM).
The final shipwreck within the Aegean Sea, which befell on 19 June, took the lives of eight folks off the island of Mykonos, in line with the IOM.
Each extra lethal crossing
Whereas the variety of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to succeed in Europe is decrease than in 2015, the journeys have turn out to be more and more extra lethal.
All through final 12 months, the UN counted 3,231 migrants and refugees useless or lacking within the Mediterranean Sea, and 945 folks thus far this 12 months.
On the similar time, 70,325 migrants did handle to succeed in Europe, of which 65,548 particular person crossings have been reported within the Mediterranean, in line with UNHCR.
For the reason that starting of the 12 months, Italy acquired the most important variety of arrivals – 43,740, adopted by Spain – almost 17,000, Greece – 7,261, and Cyprus – 2,268.
Final 12 months there have been 123,300 arrivals, and in 2020, 95,800. Beforehand, 123,700 crossed the Mediterranean in 2019, and 141,500 in 2018.
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