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Greece - Israeli Yachters Rescue 11 Drowning Syrian And Iraqi Refugees Off Greek Shore

Published on: October 18, 2015 01:27 PM
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A refugee appears exhausted while swimming towards the shore after a dinghy carrying Syrian and Afghan refugees deflated about 100 meters before reaching the Greek island of Lesbos. (Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)A refugee appears exhausted while swimming towards the shore after a dinghy carrying Syrian and Afghan refugees deflated about 100 meters before reaching the Greek island of Lesbos. (Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

Greece - A group of Israelis yachting off the Greek island of Kastellorizo rescued 11 drowning Syrian and Iraqi refugees on Sunday, and returned them safely to shore, but not before the appreciative victims kissed and hugged the Israelis in thanks for their heroic efforts.

YNETNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1kgy0qp) reports that 12 people in all were rescued, including four children, but a six-month-old infant had apparently drowned in its floating mother’s arms during the night.

According to the Israeli ship’s captain, Shlomo Asban, the group first heard the pleas for help from a teenage boy seemingly floating alone in the water, but once they pulled him aboard he told them he was Syrian and began pointing out to the open sea while speaking in Arabic.

Asban said the group was able to spot the others through the use of binoculars, still clinging to a sunken rubber boat.

Israeli rescuer Gal Baruch said, “In the group there was also a person who suffered a heart attack and diabetic shock. We gave him sweets to eat and we saved his life.”

Asban said that after an hours’ time and having administered first aid to the refugees, they were safely turned over to Greek authorities.


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 Oct 18, 2015 at 03:10 PM Godol-Hador Says:

And in other news today....Greek authorities have detained a group of Israeli wealthy yachters for violating thhe personal huan rights of Iraqi and Syrian refugees......

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 Oct 18, 2015 at 04:15 PM happypappy Says:

What's the chance this story makes it into npr,msnbc or cnn? Zippo.
Because the magicians at these media outlets need to create an image that the jrws/Israelis are morally equivelent to the Arabs.

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 Oct 18, 2015 at 07:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Then they'll go & curse out the Jews !!!!

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 Oct 18, 2015 at 09:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Of course this will never be printed in the press by Reuters, AP, etc.

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 Oct 18, 2015 at 10:14 PM Barzilai Says:

Imagine if the tables were turned, and it was Jews that were floating out there, spotted by an oil sheikh from his yacht. I would bet that the hunting rifles would come out right quick. Baruch attach Hashem, shelo asani....

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 Oct 19, 2015 at 01:43 PM PMOinFL Says:

Or as CNN put it "Israelis kidnap swimming Syrians".

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