Jul 29 2018

3 babies die in capsized boat in northwest Turkey

A boat carrying Turkish asylum seekers trying to fled to Greece capsized en route to Greek Island of Lesbos, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Sunday.

The boat was carrying 16 people, including those allegedly linked to the Gülen movement, which Turkey accuses of orchestrating the coup attempt in 2016. Six people including three babies were drowned after the boat sank off Ayvalık in northwest Turkey. Nine people were rescued by the coast guard, while one person is still missing. 

According to Cumhuriyet, one of the persons rescued is the husband of Fethullah Gülen’s niece, while some others in the boat were sought by the Turkish police over their links to the Gülen movement.