Syrian girl washes up on Turkey’s western coast

Body of four-year-old Syrian refugee girl washes up on Turkey's western coast reminding memories of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Refugee girl's body washed up on Turkey's western coast.

A four-year-old Syrian girl’s body was found washed up on Turkey’s western coast on Sunday, recalling the discovery of the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi who was found on a Turkish beach after the boat he was on sank near Bodrum in Turkey on September 2.

According to Turkish authorities, the boat the recently discovered child was on capsized off the Aegean island of Tulle on November 18, while she and her family were trying to reach one of the Greek islands.

In a separate incident, over 15 people were missing from a boat which sank late on Thursday. Fourteen people who were on the boat drowned while trying to reach Greece from Turkey, while nine were rescued. Among the dead were seven children. 

The most recently discovered body of the girl was found wedged between rocks by fisherman in Catalada, a Turkish island in the Aegean Sea 5 km off Turgutreis on the Bodrum Peninsula.

The toddler refugee girl was identified as a four-year-old Syrian named Sena by a refugee woman, Nirvan Hassan, who was on the same boat as her.

The body has been sent to the provincial capital of Mugla for an autopsy.

The civil war in Syria has so far displaced more than half of the country’s population of 21 million people and approximately 4.3 million people have fled the country.



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