And yet still they come: Harrowing scenes off the coast of Turkey as at least six children die when their boat bound for Greece capsized.
- Six children died when dinghy capsized near the Turkish resort of Cesme.
- Five more migrants including a 12-year-old boy were rescued from the sea.
- They were apparently hoping reach the island of Chios despite bad weather.
At least six Afghan children have drowned after a rubber dinghy carrying migrants to Greece sank off Turkey’s Aegean coast today.
Five other migrants, including a 12-year-old boy, were rescued from the sea near the Turkish resort of Cesme, and were found floating in lifejackets.
Rescuers were searching for two other migrants who were reported missing, according to local media.
The Turkish coast guard recovered the bodies of the six children. The Anadolu Agency did not report their ages, but said one of them was a baby.
The migrants were apparently hoping to make it to the island of Chios from the resort of Cesme despite bad weather.
It was not immediately clear how many people in all were on board.
The boat sank after wooden reinforcements used to fortify the boat came apart in the sea, causing the boat to take in water and sink, Anadolu said.
More than 700,000 migrants have crossed into Greece this year, many fleeing conflict in Syria or Iraq.
Nearly all have entered the country from Turkey, paying large fees to smuggling gangs who arrange their crossings in small, overcrowded boats.
Hundreds of people have drowned this year in the Aegean Sea, including dozens of children.
Turkey struck a deal with the EU on November 29 pledging to help stem the flow of migrants into Europe.
The agreement was in return for 3 billion euros of cash for the 2.2 million Syrians Ankara has been hosting, visas and renewed talks on joining the 28-nation bloc.