33 dead as refugee boat sinks off western Turkey

Baku, January 30, AZERTAC

At least 33 people, including five children, drowned off Turkey’s western coast Saturday, the Turkish Coast Guard said, in what is the latest loss of refugees in the region, according to Anadolu Agency.

Their boat was heading for Lesbos, one of the main Greek islands located just a few kilometers (miles) off Turkey’s Aegean coastline.

Among the casualties were nationals of Afghanistan, Myanmar and Syria. According to the coast guard, their vessel set off from near Bademli, a village in Canakkale province, before running into trouble during the crossing and sinking.

The coast guard was able to save 75 refugees.

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