Young Syriac-Chaldean man drowns in Ibrahim River in Lebanon

JBEIL, Lebanon — A young Syriac-Chaldean man, Randal Yousef, from the town of Batnaya in Nineveh Plains in Iraq, drowned in a river in Lebanon. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to rescue Randal.

He was on a trip with three friends to Ibrahim River in the town of Hashush where he was swept away by a strong current.

Randall, displaced from Batnaya by the Islamic State, had lived in Lebanon for several years and was awaiting a visa to travel to the U.S. to join his family there.