Refugee boat sinks off Turkey’s Aegean coast killing 18

Eighteen refugees die after boat carrying them sinks off Turkey’s Aegean coast

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish coast guard saved 14 other refugees from drowning in the Aegean Sea on Friday.

A total number of 18 refugees died after boat carrying them from Turkey’s Mugla province to Greek islands capsized on Friday.

Following the incident, Turkish coast guard saved 14 other refugees from drowning.

Turkish officials said that the search and rescue operations are still continuing in the region.

They also said that the refugees were Iraqi and Syrian citizens and added that among the dead refugees, there were some children.

Morover, a woman refugee was found dead as she was breast feeding her baby, who also died.

Syrian refugees escaping the violence in their country fled Syria in large numbers following the escalation of the civil war in 2012.

One of their most preferred destinations was neighbouring Turkey, which hosts the most Syrian refugees in the world according to the United Nations' registration records.

Syrian refugees are also trying to enter Europe through Turkey.

Turkey hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees with almost 2.5 million refugees and has spent more than $8 billion of its own money on the refugees.

Meanwhile, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has recently announced that the number of registered Syrian refugees in the Middle East and northern Africa is approaching 4.5 million as of December 2015.

The exact number of refugees recorded by the UNHCR is 4,389,735.

TRTWorld and agencies