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Dozens more migrants feared dead

By AP Reporter

Published 21/09/2015

Dozens of migrants are feared dead after two boat tragedies left rescuers scouring the seas for those who had set out on risky crossings after fleeing war and poverty in their homelands.

Thirteen migrants died after their boat collided with a ferry off the Turkish coast, officials said, while the Greek coastguard fanned out in the choppy Aegean Sea searching for another 27 people missing after their boat sank off the island of Lesbos. Coastguard officials said 29 people were rescued in the two incidents, which followed another sinking near Lesbos on Saturday, in which a five-year-old girl drowned. Between 10 and 12 people were missing.

The events highlight the risks that those fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia are willing to take in hopes of reaching sanctuary in Europe. Men, women and children continue to take the perilous sea journey even though earlier migrants find themselves blocked by closed border crossings in the Balkans.

Meanwhile, Hungary has reopened its main border crossing with Serbia after sealing it off for five days to prevent migrants from entering its territory.

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