Two Syrian girls drown off Lebanese coast
The sisters were swimming in a southern Lebanese river near Sidon. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
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Security forces Tuesday recovered the bodies of two young Syrian sisters who drowned while swimming in the mouth of a south Lebanon river when a strong wave pulled them into the sea.
The victims were identified as 8-year-old Rama al-Aly and her 12-year-old sister Raghed.
A friend of the the sisters, Saleh Loulou, 12, told The Daily Star that he tried to save one of the sisters, but the water current kept pushing him away.
Loulou said that several Syrian children were swimming in the river mouth when a large wave took them by surprise, sweeping the two sisters away.
He added that “people were watching Rama and Raghed while they were drowning, and taking pictures with their phones, but none tried to save them.”
Their bodies were transported to the Sidon Government Hospital.