17 Migrants Drown off Turkish Coast

bbbbMore than a dozen migrants, most of them Syrian refugees drowned in Turkish territorial waters on Sunday as they tried to reach Greece,

The Turkish coastguard recovered the bodies of 17 people, including five children, at the resort town of Bodrum, following a failed attempt at reaching the Greek island of Leros.

According to the reports “The refugees drowned when they failed to get out of the boat’s cabin. Another 20 migrants, who were on the boat’s deck, survived and swam back to the Turkish coast, all were wearing life jackets.”

Sunday’s incident comes two weeks after another 15 refugees drowned when their small 15-meter boat sank in the Bodrum bay.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that over 500,000 refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Africa have arrived in Europe by the Mediterranean Sea this year.

Alan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Kurdish boy whose photo of lying dead on the Turkish beach sent shock waves about the plight of refugees also drowned with his mother and young brother off the coast of Bodrum.