Eleven refugees drown off Greek island of Samos

Eleven refugees including six children drowned when their boat was capsized off Greek island of Samos

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Greek island of Samos, May 5, 2014

Eleven refugees, including six children, have drowned in the Aegean Sea when their boat capsized off the Greek island of Samos on Sunday morning.

Ten were found in the cabin of their boat, which capsized over heavy seas and strong winds, and the other washed up on the island.

Fifteen passengers were rescued, two people still missing.

It is the latest incident in the region since Monday, with more than 60 people drowning, including at least 28 children in the Greek islands of Lesbos, Kalymnos and Rhode.

On Friday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras described his “endless grief” and accused Europe of shedding “crocodile tears”.

Meanwhile, on Friday, 22 people, including 17 children have died while trying to cross over to the eastern islands from Turkey, following another incident which occurred on Wednesday, 24 refugees, including 11 children have lost their lives in the islands of Lesbos, Samos and Agathonissi.

According to United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR), at the beginning of the this year, 580,125 refugees have reached the coasts of Greece, with a total of 723,221 crossing the Mediterranean over to Europe.

More than 80 people have died this month trying to reach Greece, many of them being children.


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