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Alison Pearson: 'Compassion' is the last thing these refugees need - give them UN aid and a no-fly zone

Alison Pearson

Published 10/09/2015 | 02:30

Afghans arrive on a dinghy after crossing from Turkey to Lesbos island, Greece
Afghans arrive on a dinghy after crossing from Turkey to Lesbos island, Greece

Some Turkish friends were driving along the Turquoise Coast a few days ago when they noticed a commotion on the beach below.

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A group of 10 Syrians, including three small children, had been trying to get across the 2km strait between the south coast of Turkey and the Greek island of Kastellorizo.

The EU is tantalisingly close, so the Syrians had decided to take their chances. To the disbelief of my friends and other rescuers, they had used lilos to make the short but perilous crossing. It was only thanks to the action of alert fishermen that the family are still alive.

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