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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Eight Dead as Boat Sinks off Turkey Coast


7Dnews London

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 21:16 GMT

The Turkish coast guard said on Wednesday they had found the bodies of eight migrants whose boat sank off the southwestern city of Izmir, reports AP.

On Tuesday evening, an Iraqi woman wearing a rescue jacket came to seek help from coast guard personnel in the city of Krapuron in the coastal province of Izmir. 

She told them that she managed to survive after the ship sank on Tuesday evening and was carrying about 25 people, according to a coast guard statement.

After launching a rescue operation, the coast guard found the bodies of eight migrants, six of them on the beach and two in the water. Searches continued to find other missing travelers. 

Turkey, which had received more than three million Syrian refugees and around 300,000 Iraqis, is a major transit country for people displaced by conflict in the Middle East and seeking access to Western Europe. 

The wave of immigration peaked in 2015, when more than a million people arrived in Greece from Turkey, especially via the sea route, many of whom fled the war in Syria.

The number of people trying to cross this route has fallen significantly since then because of a controversial EU-Ankara agreement in March 2016.

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