Migrant boat sinks off Turkey, 7 children among the dead

In the Aegean Sea. Two women fatalities, four saved

09 August, 16:10

    ANKARA - A boat carrying migrants sunk off the Turkish coast in the Aegean Sea on Thursday, leading to the death of seven children and two women. Reports were from the Anadolu news agency. Four other migrants were rescued. The incident occurred off Kusadasi and the nationality of the migrants is unknown. The boat was heading for nearby Greek islands. The head of the Kusadasi district, Muammer Aksoy, said that all the bodies had been recovered and that no one was still missing. Turkey has become one of the main countries of passage for undocumented migrants trying to reach Europe, above all since the start of the civil war in Syria in 2011.
    Most of the migrants held in Turkey last year came from Pakistan (about 15,000), followed by Afghanistan (about 12,000) and Syria (about 10,000).
    Migrant flows to the country have increased by 60% since the 31,000 people recorded in 2016.

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