January 21, 2018

Four Afghans among six children drown as boat sinks off Turkish coast

By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Sat Nov 28 2015, 9:08 am

A man carries a child to a dinghy as migrants prepare to travel by dinghy from the Turkish coast to the Greek island of Chios, near Cesme, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Well over half a million migrants have arrived in Greece from Turkey and the vast majority don't want to stay so head north through the Balkans to other, more prosperous European Union countries.(AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)

Six children have drowned in Turkish water in two separate incidents, among them were four Afghans.

The children died after their boat on their way to Greece sank off Turkey’s coast, local media reported.

One vessel was carrying 55 Syrian and Afghan migrants that capsized due to bad weather conditions off the town of Ayvacik from where the Turkish coastguards recovered the bodies of four Afghan children.

Another wooden boat on its way to island of Kos carrying around 20 refugees sank off due to harsh weather condition near the southwestern resort of Bodrum on Friday.

Turkish coast guards say dead bodies of two children were recovered reportedly sisters of one and four years of age.

Turkey has become the main transit point for people fleeing war and misery for a better life in Europe and the town of Ayvacik is the core crossing point for refugees trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.

Meanwhile, European Union (EU) has agreed with Turkish officials in principle to a refugee action plan, which is expected to be finalized at a summit on Sunday.

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