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24 May 2018


7 Afghan migrants die, 13 rescued as boat sinks off Turkey

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Turkey's coast guard said Tuesday seven Afghan nationals died, including three children, while trying to cross into Greece, but that it managed to rescue 13 people from the sinking boat.

Axar.az informs citing DS.

In a statement Tuesday, it said a rescue ship and helicopter were dispatched late Monday near the western province of Chanakkale following a tip. A half-sunk 6-meter fiber boat was found.

The coast guard said it rescued 12 Afghans and one alleged Iranian smuggler.

Turkey and the European Union signed a deal in 2016 to curb illegal migration.

Official figures show that in 2017 Turkey stopped some 45,000 Afghan nationals and a further 42,000 so far this year from reaching Greece.

Afghan migrants are second only to Syrians in attempted crossings from Turkey.

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2018.05.15 / 17:15
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