Refugee crisis: Six Afghan children drown as boat sinks off Turkey
Dec 9, Ankara: At least six Afghan children, including a baby, have died after an inflatable boat carrying refugees sank in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey, local media report said.
The Turkish coastguard recovered the bodies of the drowned children and were still looking for two other refugees reported missing, the official Anadolu news agency said.
The rubber dinghy, which was apparently heading for the Greek island of Chios, capsized in strong winds and high waves near the town of Cesme in Turkey's western Izmir province, Anadolu said.
Eight other refugees, all wearing life jackets, were rescued, Dogan news agency said.
In a separate incident, the body of a five-year-old refugee girl washed up on a beach in Cesme on Monday, the news report said.
Hundreds of people have drowned this year in the Aegean Sea, including dozens of children, as hundreds of thousands of refugees are risking the dangerous journey to Europe fleeing conflict and worsening humanitarian conditions.
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