Eleven migrants die after boat sinks off Turkey

Published January 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Agence France-Presse

Eleven migrants died on Saturday, including eight children, when their vessel sank in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey, state news agency Anadolu reported.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (C) joins hands with Vice President-elect William Lai (L) and current Vice President Chen Chien-jen at campaign headquarters in Taipei on January 11, 2020; she was re-elected in a lopsided vote seen as a blow to China (AFP Photo/Sam Yeh) (AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (C) joins hands with Vice President-elect William Lai (L) and current Vice President Chen Chien-jen at campaign headquarters in Taipei on January 11, 2020; she was re-elected in a lopsided vote seen as a blow to China (AFP Photo/Sam Yeh) (AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The boat sank off Cesme, a popular tourist resort in western Turkey opposite the Greek island of Chios, Anadolu said, adding that eight others were rescued.

The nationality of the victims was not yet known.

The sinking comes just hours after another boat sank in the Aegean near to the Greek island of Paxi leaving at least 12 dead.

Turkey has taken in around four million migrants and refugees, the majority of them Syrians, and is an important transit country for those fleeing conflicts and seeking to reach Europe largely via Greece.

An agreement reached in March 2016 between Ankara and the European Union succeeded in considerably reducing the number of people arriving on the five islands closest to Turkey.

 
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