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Oct 22 2018

Two children died after migrant boat sinks off western Turkey -reports

At least two children have drowned, and several others are missing, after a boat carrying migrants sank just 50 metres off Turkey’s western coast near the resort of Bodrum early on Monday, Turkish news site HaberTürk reported.

Nineteen people on the boat were rescued, and three made it ashore by themselves, HaberTürk quoted coast guards as saying.

The boat was headed to the Greek island of Kos, the report said. It did not specify the migrants’ nationalities. Search and rescue activities are continuing for the missing passengers.

Turkey is one of the main departure points for migrants seeking to enter Europe by sea, but a 2016 agreement with the European Union sharply cut the numbers of refugees using that route.