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Migrant boat capsizes off Turkey killing 61 people

Migrant boat capsizes off Turkey killing 61 people
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More than half of the 61 people who died when a migrant boat capsized in the Aegean Sea were children, according to officials.

The small vessel carrying them sank off the coast of western Turkey in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Officials say most of the victims were Palestinians.
Turkish media reports that many others were from Syria and Iraq.

The sinking is thought to have happened after the boat hit rocks off the small Turkish town of Ahmetbeyli.

The victims had apparently been trapped below deck when the boat sank.

More than 45 people survived. They managed to swim 50 metres to the shore.

Officials think the boat could have been heading for the nearby Greek island of Samos. Greece is common entry point into the EU for illegal immigrants.