Israeli authorities fear bodies washing up on shore after dinghy found

IDF probing how boat enters Israeli territorial waters undetected possibly carrying migrants from Somalia and Turkey after passports found on dinghy off the coast of Netanya
Raanan Ben-Zur|Updated:
Israeli authorities on Sunday feared there may be bodies of drowned migrants washing ashore on Israel's beaches after a dinghy was detected off the coast of Netanya. Personal effects, food water and passports of eight Somali and Turkish nationals were found on board.
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The fate of the people was unknown and there was concern that they may have drowned. Alternatively, the group may have abandoned the dinghy when it approached the shore.
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הסירה שנפלטה לחוף בנתניה
הסירה שנפלטה לחוף בנתניה
Rubber dinghy washes up empty of occupants on Netanya beach
(Photo: Police)
The IDF began an investigation to determine how a boat that may have been carrying foreign nationals, entered Israeli waters, undetected.
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השיטור הימי בסירה שנפלטה לחוף בנתניה
השיטור הימי בסירה שנפלטה לחוף בנתניה
Coast guard searches for occupants of a dinghy that washed up on a Netanya beach
(Photo: Raanan Ben-Zur )
Many migrants who attempt to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea, often in ill-equipped vessels, have drowned including 78 who were lost when their boat capsized off the Greek coast last June. Authorities then rescued 100 people who said they had left Libya and were heading toward Italy, having arrived from Egypt. Among the dead were migrants from Egypt, Pakistan, Syria and some from the Palestinian territories.
According to the United Nations' International Organization for Migration, more than 187,000 people crossed the Mediterranean so far this year, and the group has recorded 2,093 deaths along the central Mediterranean route.
Reuters contributed to this report
First published: 12:23, 10.01.23
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