U.S.: At least 50 migrants dead

U.S.: At least 50 migrants dead
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Islam News – The New York times reported that the death toll from a scorching-hot tractor-trailer found in the Texas sun rose to at least 50 people yesterday. At least 16 people were taken to hospitals in San Antonio, suffering from apparent heat exhaustion and dehydration. Several later died.

The victims were believed to be migrants trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico. Officials suggested that extreme heat most likely contributed to their deaths. Authorities took three people into custody and were working to identify victims.

Mexico’s foreign minister said on Twitter that the dead included 22 Mexicans, seven Guatemalans and two Hondurans. Others have not yet been identified. All of the victims were believed to have crossed into the U.S. illegally. Here are live updates.

Details: The truck did not have operating air-conditioning, officials said, and the temperature reached 103 degrees in San Antonio on Monday. The city’s fire chief said people were “hot to the touch.”

Background: The tragedy comes amid a migration surge at the southern border of the U.S., exacerbated by a pandemic-era health policy under which migrants are often returned to Mexico.

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