January 24, 2021

At least two dead after sinking a boat with migrants in front of Turkey

At least two dead after sinking a boat with migrants in front of Turkey

At least two people have died after sinking early on Monday the boat in which they were traveling along with fifteen other migrants while sailing 50 meters off the west coast of Turkey, near the town of Bodrum, as reported by the Guard Turkish Coastal

The boat was carrying 17 migrants and three of them have managed to swim to the coast. Two of the migrants have died after being admitted to a hospital, according to the Turkish Coast Guard, which has not specified the nationalities of the migrants.

The Coast Guard has stated that the rescue activities continue to try to find the rest of the people who were in the boat sunken.

Turkey was one of the main crossing points for more than one million migrants when they tried to reach Europe by sea in 2015, many of them fleeing situations of conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

The flow of migrants and refugees was drastically reduced in 2016 from an agreement between Turkey and the European Union, after hundreds of migrants died trying to reach the Greek islands by sea from the Turkish coast.

Arrivals from the Mediterranean Sea to European countries, including those of refugees traveling the longest and most dangerous route from North Africa to Italy, totaled 172,301 people in 2017, compared to 362,753 people that arrived in 2016 and 1,015,078 in 2015, according to the United Nations data. Ep


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