Six children drown as refugee boat sinks off Turkey

Members of the European Border Protection Agency from Portugal rescue 56 people off the Greek island of Lesbos on Tuesday [AP]

As the winter weather gets wilder, refugees are still trying to cross the Aegean Sea heading to Europe.

At least six Afghan children, including a baby, have died after an inflatable boat carrying refugees sank in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey, Turkish media have said.

The Turkish coastguard recovered the bodies of the drowned children and were still looking for two other refugees reported missing, the official Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.

The rubber dinghy, which was apparently heading for the Greek island of Chios, capsized in strong winds and high waves near the town of Cesme in Turkey’s western Izmir province, Anadolu said.

Eight other refugees, all wearing life jackets, were rescued, Dogan news agency said.

In a separate incident, the body of a five-year-old refugee girl washed up on a beach in Cesme on Monday, Dogan said.


Hundreds of thousands of refugees -more than 850,000 this year- risked their lives in the dangerous journey to Europe fleeing conflict and worsening humanitarian conditions, 3500 of them have drowned this year in the Aegean Sea, including dozens of children..

Source: Al-Jazeera