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The Latest: Turkey Says 19 Migrants Die after Boat Capsizes

Friday, 25 December 2015 02:16 PM

ISTANBUL (AP) — The latest on the continuing flow of refugees and other migrants into Europe. All times local:

2:00 p.m.

The number of people drowned in the Aegean off the coast of the Turkish city of Izmir after their boat capsized has risen to 19, with six children among the dead.

According to the Turkish coast guard, rescue teams managed to save 21 people and were still looking for one other survivor. The boat capsized near the town of Dikili, which lies directly across from the Greek Island of Lesbos.

The latest loss of life involving migrants leaving Turkey for the shores of Europe comes as winter sets in and the sea becomes rougher.

There was no mention of nationalities.

11:15 a.m.

The Turkish coast guard says eight migrants, including children drowned at sea near the Aegean city of Izmir.

It says Thursday that 12 others are still missing but that 21 people were rescued.

According to the Turkish DHA news agency, six children were among the dead.

In a separate incident late Wednesday, the agency reported that coast guards caught two suspected smugglers and rounded up 45 Syrian would-be migrants heading from Mugla province in southwest Turkey to the Greek island of Symi.

Earlier this week, the Geneva-based International Organization for Migrants said more than 1 million asylum-seekers have entered Europe, almost all arriving by sea. It said 3,692 people have drowned trying to get into Europe.

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