Saturday 10 December 2016

Body of another drowned Syrian child washes up on Turkish beach

Published 18/09/2015 | 20:01

A Syrian refugee collapses moments after arriving at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey Credit: Yannis Behrakis
A Syrian refugee collapses moments after arriving at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey Credit: Yannis Behrakis

The body of another Syrian child has reportedly washed up on a beach in western Turkey.

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The four-year-old girl's body was found lifeless on a beach in the coastal town of Cesme in Izmir province, according to news agency AFP..

The harrowing discovery comes after a boat carrying 15 refugees to the Greek island of Chios sank on Friday.

The Turkish coast guard is believed to have rescued the remaining 14 people, including eight children, from the inflatable boat.

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Some 53,000 migrants and refugees have been rescued from Turkish waters so far this year.

Police officers investigate the scene before carrying the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi away from the sea Credit: AP
Police officers investigate the scene before carrying the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi away from the sea Credit: AP

Around 274 migrants have lost their lives in 2015 seeking to leave the country by sea for Greece.

The incident comes just two weeks after the images of the body of drowned three-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi laying on a beach in Turkey caused global shock and uproar.

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The shocking images caused an outpouring of emotion around the world and pressured European leaders into stepping up their response to the refugee crisis.

But two weeks on, EU member states are still at odds over how to accommodate the tens of thousands of new arrivals.

On Friday, a train packed with over 1,000 refugees arrived in Hungary as Croatia announced plans to offloaded incoming migrants to its northern neighbour.

Migrants on a dinghy arrive at the southeastern island of Kos (Greece) after crossing from Turkey.
Migrants on a dinghy arrive at the southeastern island of Kos (Greece) after crossing from Turkey.

The row between the two countries and their respective handling of the migration crisis has deepen as Hungary’s foreign minister accused Croatia of pushing migrants to break the law by “illegally” breaching Hungarian borders.

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Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic justified the decision to transport incoming refugees elsewhere by saying his country’s capacity to take in migrants was full.

The growing chaos provoked mixed responses in western Europe as the European Union said the bloc will not leave Balkan countries to deal with the refugee crisis on their own.

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