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’22 dead’ after Greece-bound migrant boat sinks off Turkey

At least 22 migrants trying to reach Greece by boat, including 11 women and four children, drowned Tuesday when their vessel sank off Turkey’s southwest coast, local media reported. Turkish coast guards stop migrants who try to reach the Greek island of Kos on early August 15, 2015 pictured off the shore of Bodrum, southwest […]

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September 15, 2015 11:04 pm

At least 22 migrants trying to reach Greece by boat, including 11 women and four children, drowned Tuesday when their vessel sank off Turkey’s southwest coast, local media reported.

Turkish coast guards stop migrants who try to reach the Greek island of Kos on early August 15, 2015 pictured off the shore of Bodrum, southwest Turkey (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

Turkish coast guards stop migrants who try to reach the Greek island of Kos on early August 15, 2015 pictured off the shore of Bodrum, southwest Turkey (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

The nationalities of the migrants are not yet known.

Rescue efforts were still continuing, according to the news agency.

There has been a dramatic spike in the numbers of migrants and refugees setting out from Turkey in rickety boats for the European Union.

Most are fleeing conflicts and misery in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Africa.

Harrowing pictures of three-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi, whose body was found washed up on a Turkish beach after the boat carrying his family to Kos sank, caused an outpouring of emotion around the world, pressuring European leaders to step up their response to the refugee crisis.

But two weeks later EU members are still at odds over how to accommodate the tens of thousands of new arrivals.

Turkish authorities say they have rescued over 42,000 migrants from stricken boats since the beginning of the year.

The route across the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece has become the busiest for migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe.

Source: Yahoo News

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