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12 migrants drown off Turkey after boat capsizes in rough weather

Published 21/01/2016

Migrants sit on a bench after their arrival from Turkey at the shores of the Greek island of Chios (AP)
Migrants sit on a bench after their arrival from Turkey at the shores of the Greek island of Chios (AP)

Twelve migrants have drowned after a boat taking them to the Greek islands capsized in rough weather off Turkey.

A Turkish coast guard statement said 26 others were rescued off the Turkish Aegean resort of Foca, near the country's third-largest city Izmir, on Thursday.

One of the survivors, 31-year-old Iraqi national Yusuf Ali, told the state-run Anadolu Agency that he lost his wife and child in the incident.

Mr Ali was quoted as saying: "The boat started to take in water. We just couldn't stop it. My daughter and my wife drowned in the water."

Anadolu said security forces had detained two alleged human smugglers.

About 40 migrants have died so far this year off Turkey's coast while trying to cross into Greece, the coast guard said.

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