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Shocking image of tiny boy's body washed up on Turkish beach illustrates desperation of Syrians fleeing war

By Claire Cromie

Images of a little boy who washed up on a Turkish beach have emerged, in a stark illustration of how refugees are dying in their desperation to flee Syria.

The tiny child is thought to be part of a group of 11 Syrians who drowned off the coastal town of Bodrum in Turkey after an attempt to escape the war ravaged country and cross the Mediterranean to reach the safety of of Europe.

Heartwrenching pictures, some of which are too upsetting to publish, show the boy's lifeless body lying face down in the sand before a Turkish official carries him away.

He was found on a beach in Bodrum, a resort where thousands of Northern Ireland travellers go on holiday every summer.

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The pictures show the desperate reality faced by families trying to find a better life, while European attitudes to migrants harden.

Two boats sank last night, according to Turkey’s Dogan news agency, which reported that three children and a woman had died.

Around 2,500 people have died trying to reach Europe by sea this year.

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