6 children die after boat carrying refugees sinks in Aegean

Total number of six children die as boat carrying refugees sinks near Turkey’s coast in Aegean

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish coast guards saved five people after boat carrying Afghan refugees capsized -near Turkey’s coastal province of Izmir on Tuesday

Six children including a new born baby died after a boat carrying Afghan refugees capsized in the Aegean Sea near Turkey’s coastal province of Izmir on Tuesday while trying to cross to Europe.

Following the incident, Turkish coast guards saved five people while two people on board are reportedly still missing.

Among the ones who were rescued, a 12 year old child was given immediate medical treatment after being saved before almost freezing.

The other victims were also treated by health care teams and provided with foods and blankets.

One of the most preferred transit points for Syrian refugees trying to enter Europe is through neighbouring country Turkey.

Turkey hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees with almost 2.2 million refugees.

Europe is also facing a huge refugee crisis, in where more than 600,000 people have made their way through Greece so far this year, running away from war and poverty in their countries.

Greece is used as a route that particularly Syrian refugees take to cross into other European countries.

The vast majority of refugees do not stay in the country, as Greece has said it does not have the funds to care for all the arrivals.

On their way to a new life, more than 500 people have been killed or have gone missing since the beginning of the year.

Some 185 refugee children have died in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece in 2015 so far UNICEF recently said.

"In the Aegean (Eastern Mediterranean), about 30 percent of the deaths this year have been of children. This is currently 185 children out of a total of 590 deaths in the Eastern Mediterranean this year," UNICEF spokesperson Sarah Crowe said on Dec 1.



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