Body of Syrian child, 4, found in Bosphorus

2015-12-31 06:12
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Istanbul - Turkish authorities have found the body of a four-year-old Syrian child who went missing two weeks ago.

Turkish rescue workers recovered the body of the four-year-old boy washed up on the shore of the Bosphorus Strait.Police investigations identified him as four-year-old Metin Faysal, who fled to Turkey with his family two years ago to escape the war in Syria, the Dogan news agency said.

His mother, Shirin, identified the boy by his clothes, Dogan added.

An investigation was under way to determine the cause of his death which was not immediately clear.

The toddler was reported missing by his family from the Eminonu district on the Istanbul waterfront, a popular tourist hub on December 16.

Under an "open-door" policy championed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has taken in more than two million Syrian refugees since the conflict erupted in 2011.

Three-year-old Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, whose limp body was photographed washed up on a Turkish beach in September, became a heartbreaking symbol of the refugee crisis.

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