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At least 18 migrants drown as boat sinks off Turkish coast


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At least 18 migrants drown as boat sinks off Turkish coast

Winter weather is not stopping some migrants from trying to get to Europe.

At least 18 have drowned after a boat headed for Greece sank off the Turkish coast. More than a dozen other people were rescued.

Fishermen had heard screaming and alerted the Turkish coast guard.

The wooden boat was reportedly carrying migrants from Iraq, Pakistan and Syria to the island of Kalymnos.

It had set off from the Aegean resort of Bodrum in Turkey’s southwest.

Two people, suspected of organising the journey, are said to have been detained.

Around 800-thousand migrants and refugees have reached Greece from Turkey so far this year.

Nearly 600 people have died on the so-called eastern Mediterranean sea route.

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