22 migrants killed, 211 rescued after boat sinks off Turkey

2015-09-15 11:12
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Istanbul (dpa) - A boat carrying more than 230 migrants sank off the Turkish coast while heading to a Greek island, killing 22 people, including four children, the Dogan news agency reported on Tuesday.

The Turkish coast guard rescued 211 people, the report said, and brought them back to western Mugla province, along the Aegean Sea.

The boat took off from Turkey just after dawn.

Turkey has become a key transit point for migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe. The country hosts upwards of 2 million refugees, mainly from Syria, but also from as far afield as Afghanistan.

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