Twelve migrants die after boat capsizes off Turkey’s coast

Twelve migrants were killed on Monday after their boat capsized off Turkey’s western coast, Reuters reported.

The Turkish coast guard launched search and rescue operations that saved 31 passengers of the dinghy, which sank in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Bodrum in Muğla province. One passenger remained unaccounted for, according to Reuters.

In 2015, Turkey emerged as the main launching point for hundreds of thousands of migrants hoping to reach the European Union, including many fleeing the war in Syria. Migrant traffic slowed considerably after a 2016 deal between Turkey and the EU, though thousands still attempt the journey every month.

Last week, seven migrants, including two children, died attempting to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.