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12 Dead as Migrant Boat Sinks off Turkish Coast

Published : 18-06-2019

12 Dead as Migrant Boat Sinks off Turkish Coast

Twelve people have died after a boat carrying migrants sank off southwestern Turkey, the coastguard said.

The coastguard said 31 migrants were rescued after the boat went down off the coast of Bodrum district in Mugla province, with search and rescue efforts continuing.

The nationality of the migrants was not immediately known.

The incident took place a few nautical miles from the Greek island of Kos.

Turkey is a transit country for migrants trying to reach Europe. But a March 2016 deal between Turkey and the European Union helped staunch the flow.

Between January and June this year, 555 migrants died attempting to cross the Mediterranean, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8781

Twelve people have died after a boat carrying migrants sank off southwestern Turkey, the coastguard said.

The coastguard said 31 migrants were rescued after the boat went down off the coast of Bodrum district in Mugla province, with search and rescue efforts continuing.

The nationality of the migrants was not immediately known.

The incident took place a few nautical miles from the Greek island of Kos.

Turkey is a transit country for migrants trying to reach Europe. But a March 2016 deal between Turkey and the European Union helped staunch the flow.

Between January and June this year, 555 migrants died attempting to cross the Mediterranean, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8781