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Lebanese would-be-migrant Bilal Moussa, 34, smokes a cigarette as he walks by the sea in Tripoli north of Beirut on December 9, 2021. – Lebanon, a country of around six million people, is grappling with an unprecedented financial crisis that the World Bank says is on a scale usually associated with wars.
The UN’s refugee agency UNHCR said at least 1,570 individuals, including 186 Lebanese nationals, most were hoping to reach EU member Cyprus, had embarked or tried to embark on illicit sea journeys from Lebanon between January and November 2021. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)