Three women and a child drowned on their way to Greece when a fiberglass boat carrying 15 migrants sank off the Turkish coast, AFP reported on Tuesday March 26th, quoting Turkish authorities.
Turkish Coast guards rescued the other 11 people from Afghanistan and Iran after their boat went down 1.7 nautical miles off the coast near Canakkale early on Tuesday morning, the coast guard said in a statement.
Turkey, which has taken in nearly four million refugees from the Syrian war, is also an important route for illegal migrants trying to reach Europe.
Around a million people, mainly fleeing the conflict in Syria, crossed to European Union member Greece from Turkey in 2015 after the onset of the bloc's worst migration crisis since World War II.
Ankara struck a deal with the EU in 2016 to stem the flow of migrants into Europe, and agreed to take back those landing on Greek islands in exchange for incentives and financial aid.