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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Israelis save drowning Syrian and Iraqi refugees

11 people rescued at sea near Greece by Israelis on yacht; upon learning rescuers were Jews from Israel, the refugees kiss and thank them.

A group of Israelis rescued several drowning Syrian and Iraqi refugees near the Greek shore on Sunday morning. Upon spotting the refugees, the Israelis stopped their yacht and fished out 11 refugees, including four children, and, tragically, a deceased infant.

After providing first aid to the refugees, the Israelis notified Greek authorities. The incident occurred across the Turkish town of Kas, next to the Greek island of Kastellorizo. Shlomo Asban, the yacht captain, recounted the rescue: "I've been sailing for 40 years and this is the first time something like this has happened to me. We heard cries for help from the water, stopped the boat and found a teenage refugee with a life vest. We pulled him out of the water and he told us that his brother was missing and apparently dead.” (Read More) (Include rescue video)