Migrant boat sinks off Turkey, children among 61 dead

September 6th, 2012  
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Topic: Migrant boat sinks off Turkey, children among 61 dead

AHMETBEYLI, Turkey (Reuters) - At least 61 migrants including Palestinians and Syrians, more than half of them children, died after their overcrowded boat sank just tens of meters off Turkey's western Aegean coast on Thursday, officials said. Tahsin Kurtbeyoglu, governor of the coastal district of Menderes in Izmir province, told Reuters an initial investigation showed the small vessel sank around dawn due to overcrowding. Its destination was unclear but the small Turkish town of Ahmetbeyli from where it set out is only a few kilometers from the Greek island of Samos. ...


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