11 Syrians killed as boat sinks off Turkey

Five children were among 11 Syrians killed after their plastic boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast on Friday.

The Dogan news agency said that the boat is believed to have been carrying 22 Syrian migrants heading for Greece. A baby in a critical condition was among the 11 people rescued alive. Dogan earlier said the authorities had detained two Turks suspected of organizing the voyage after they swam ashore. A deal between Turkey and the European Union on curbing illegal migration, struck a year ago, helped significantly reduce the migrant flow to Europe via the Greek islands. Some, however, are still trying to make the perilous voyage. Europe's deteriorating relations with Turkey could endanger the migrant deal, under which Ankara is supposed to help control migration in return for the promise of accelerated EU membership talks and aid.

Source: VOV5

11 Syrians killed as boat sinks off Turkey

Five children were among 11 Syrians killed after their plastic boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast on Friday.

The Dogan news agency said that the boat is believed to have been carrying 22 Syrian migrants heading for Greece. A baby in a critical condition was among the 11 people rescued alive. Dogan earlier said the authorities had detained two Turks suspected of organizing the voyage after they swam ashore. A deal between Turkey and the European Union on curbing illegal migration, struck a year ago, helped significantly reduce the migrant flow to Europe via the Greek islands. Some, however, are still trying to make the perilous voyage. Europe's deteriorating relations with Turkey could endanger the migrant deal, under which Ankara is supposed to help control migration in return for the promise of accelerated EU membership talks and aid.

Source: VOV5