Refugee boat sinks off Turkey’s western coast killing 11

Refugee boat which left from Turkey’s western province of Aydin has been capsized off Greek island of Farmakonisi in Aegean Sea, killing 11

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A rescued refugee has been hospitalised in the Didim State Hospital of Aydin province after a boat was capsized off western coast of Turkey on Dec. 9, 2015

A refugee boat, which left from Turkey’s western province of Aydin, sunk off the Greek island of Farmakonisi in the Aegean Sea on Tuesday night, killing at least 11 people including six children and two women.

Greek and Turkish coast guards have carried out a rescue operation following the recent incident, saving the lives of 26 refugees and at least 12 boats of refugees have not been accounted yet according to reports.

The coast guards have launched an investigation in order to find the unaccounted refugees in the surrounding areas of the incident.

The cause of the incident is not determined yet, but the weather was reported fine before the wooden boat capsized according to the testimonies of the refugees who were on the boat.

Greek media reports have stated that the refugees are from Syria.

Turkey is a transit point for refugees aiming to reach European countries from Syria and Iraq because of its geography that bridges the Middle East and Europe.

Syrian refugees escaping the violence in their country fled Syria in large numbers following the escalation of the Syrian Civil War in 2012. One of their most preferred destinations was neighbouring Turkey, which hosts the most Syrian refugees in the world according to registration records of the United Nations.

Turkey has spent more than $8 billion of its own resources on the refugees whose number in the country has exceeded 2.2 million people.

TRTWorld and agencies