Syrian migrants drown near Greece

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At least 12 undocumented migrants, four of them children, have drowned after their fibreglass boat sank off Greece. The authorities were alerted to the incident early on Friday by 15 survivors who made it to shore on the island of Lefkada in the Ionian Sea.

A Greek police source said the dead people were “most probably” refugees from the conflict in Syria.

The mayor of Lefkada said it was unclear why the boat had sunk as weather conditions were good.

“They were not sure exactly how many people were on the boat so we still don’t know if there are others still out there.”, mayor Costas said.

Greek government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said the “new tragedy off Lefkada” confirmed the “need to immediately implement initiatives taken by the European Union, with Greece’s initiative, too, to deal with the problem of illegal migration”.


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