International Desk: 27 migrants were rescued from a sinking boat off the coast of the northern city of Chekka in Lebanon by the country's army. The army confirmed this information in a statement on Sunday. The statement said, "With the help of the Navy and the Coast Guard, the army personnel rescued 27 migrants from a sinking rubber boat off the coast of Chekka on Saturday." All these aspirants left for Europe.
An officer of the Lebanese army said on condition of anonymity that all the rescued migrants are Syrian citizens. They left for Europe from Cyprus, an island nation in the eastern Mediterranean. The boat carrying them met with an accident after approaching the Chekka coast.
Distance from Cyprus to Chekka by sea is 175 km. The army official also said that the operation against the country's human trafficking gang has started a few hours after the rescue of these migrants and 42 people have already been arrested for their alleged involvement in the gang.