Censor.NET reports citing Radio Svoboda
The first boat carrying 55 Syrians and Afghans capsized due to bad weather off the town of Ayvacik, the main crossing point for refugees trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos, the Anatolia news agency reported on Friday. Turkish coastguards have so far recovered the bodies of four Afghan children.
Two more children, two sisters aged four and one, drowned early on Friday when their wooden boat carrying some 20 people to the island of Kos sank because of heavy rains and stormy weather.
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Turkey has become a major transit point for people fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and hoping to reach northern Europe. Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees have entered the European Union since August, heading up through the Western Balkans.