Syrian migrants’ bodies found off Turkish coast (UPDATE)
Details added (first version posted on 12:18)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 30
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The death toll in the result of crash of a vessel with Syrian migrants, who were trying to illegally cross into Greece from the Turkish province of Canakkale, has reached 35 people, the Turkish Anadolu agency reported Jan. 30.
The Turkish coast guard was able to rescue 75 refugees, according to the agency.
Earlier, it was reported that the bodies of nine Syrian migrants, who were trying to illegally cross into Greece, have been found off the coast of Turkey's north-western province of Canakkale.
Initial reports suggest that the killed Syrians were the passengers of a vessel that sank on Jan. 30 morning.
The vessel was carrying 53 Syrian migrants.
Reportedly, there are five children among the killed.
Currently, Turkey is hosting more than two million Syrian refugees on its soil.
The Syrian refugee camps in the country accommodate about 300,000 people. The rest of them are spread across the provinces and cities of Turkey.
In Istanbul alone, there are currently 40,000 refugees from Syria. Ankara has so far spent $8 billion to upkeep the Syrian refugees.
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