Hundreds of Syrian refugees died trying to reach Europe. Most of the victims in recent weeks have been children.

2015-10-17 13:39:22 | Al Muslim News
Hundreds of Syrian refugees died trying to reach Europe. Most of the victims in recent weeks have been children.
Hundreds of Syrian refugees died trying to reach Europe. Most of the victims in recent weeks have been children.

 

A Syrian woman, a young girl and a baby have died after a boat carrying migrants and refugees to the Greek island of Lesbos sank, the ministry of shipping said on Oct. 14.

The three victims’ bodies were found by divers under the capsized vessel, the ministry said.

The Greek coastguard had launched a search and rescue operation, aided by a helicopter of European border agency Frontex, after a Turkish patrol raised the alarm.

The ministry said 21 other refugee had been on board the boat sailing from Turkey’s shores to Lesbos, and that they reported that three passengers had gone missing.

It was not clear whether the three victims were related, nor was there any information about their nationalities.

The survivors were taken back to Turkey.

The three latest deaths in the narrow crossing from Turkey to Greece come after a one-year-old Syrian child died off the coast of Lesbos Oct. 9.

The International Organization for Migration says more than 590,000 refugees and migrants have reached Europe’s shores since January, while more than 3,000 have died or gone missing.

More than 450,000 of the total migrants and refugees have arrived in Greece, most fleeing the civil war in Syria according to the UN refugee agency.

Some 3,000 of them are dead or missing. Most of the victims in recent weeks have been children.

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