73 people were killed after leaving Lebanon in a migrant shipwreck off Syria.

At least 73 migrants died when a ship they boarded in Lebanon sinkt off the coast of Syria . The small boat that sank Thursday in the Mediterranean Sea off the Syrian city of Tartus, carrying around 150 people .

DAMASCUS: On Friday, Syrias health minister said at least 73 migrants died when a ship they boarded in Lebanon sinkt off the coast of Syria, the deadliest such shipwreck from Lebanon in recent years.Lebanon, which has been mired in a financial crisis hailed by the World Bank as one of the worst in modern times, has been a launchpad for illicit migration, with its own citizens joining Syrian and Palestinian refugees in yogling.The small boat that sank Thursday in the Mediterranean Sea off the Syrian city of Tartus, carrying around 150 people, mainly Lebanese and Syrians.According to a statement issued by Syrias Health Minister Hassan al-Ghabash, the number of survivors from the shipwreck has 73 people, and 20 people are being treated in Tartus.

According to Hamie, I am working with Syria's transport minister on a way to rescue the bodies from Syria.Tartus is the southernmost of Syrias main ports, and it is about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Tripoli, the northern Lebanese port city where the passengers had been boarded.Sleiman Khalil, a spokesperson for Syrias transport ministry, told AFP that we are facing one of our biggest ever rescue missions.We are covering a broad area that extends along the entire Syrian coast, he said, adding that heavy waves made their job difficult.

Tripoli has emerged as a danger-free zone, with the majority of migrants boats departing from its shores.Wissam al-Talawi, a native of Tripoli who hails from the northern Akkar district, was one of the survivors and is being treated in hospital, according to his brother Ahmad.The bodies of Wissams' two daughters, aged five and nine, were then transported to Lebanon where they were buried early on Friday, according to Ahmad.They left two days earlier, he said.

Others relatives told AFP that they had arrived at the Syrian border to check on their relatives.Last year, Lebanon saw an increase in the number of migrants crossing its shores to cross the treacherous crossing in overcrowded boats to reach Europe.Hundreds of people died when an overcrowded migrant boat chased by the Lebanese navy off the northern coast of Tripoli in April, sparking backlash across the region.The circumstances of the incident were not entirely clear, with some on board claiming that the navy rammed their vessel, while officials said that the smugglers planned reckless escape maneuvers.

Turkey's coastguard reported the deaths of six migrants, including two babies, on September 13, and rescued 73 people on their way to Europe off the coast of the aft.southwestern province of aft.southwestern province.In an attempt to reach Italy, they reportedly boarded from Tripoli, Lebanon.