Teen refugee killed in Greek police, smugglers shootout

Seventeen-year-old refugee killed at sea in shootout between Greek police and human smugglers

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Refugees aboard a dinghy sail off for the Greek island of Lesbos (Archive)

A 17-year-old refugee has been killed during a shootout between Greek police and suspected human smugglers, said the Greek Marine Ministry on Sunday.

“A serious incident occurred off the island of Symi when a yacht carrying 70 migrants from Turkey’s western shores tried to illegally enter [Greek waters],” said the ministry in a statement.

According to the EU border agency Frontex “the body of 17-year-old Iraqi boy” was found following the shootout near the Greek Island of Symi.

Frontex said the incident occurred as both border agency and Greek officials managed to stop and board the boat the refugees were travelling in. Greek police and smugglers had exchanged shots.

A doctor at the Symi health centre said the young refugee was “probably killed by gunfire.

Greece is one of the main routes for thousands of refugees who flee war torn, conflict and poverty stricken countries. This year alone over 160,000 refugees have reached the shores of Greece."


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