Boat carrying 160 migrants sinks off Turkish Cyprus, at least 19 dead

Boat carrying 160 migrants sinks off Turkish Cyprus, at least 19 dead

ISTANBUL
Boat carrying 160 migrants sinks off Turkish Cyprus, at least 19 dead

At least 19 migrants died after the boat carrying them capsized off Turkish Cypriot coast on July 18.

The coast guards of Turkey and Turkish Cyprus rushed to the scene and saved 103 of the migrants, private broadcaster CNN Türk reported.

Almost 25 are reported missing. Rescued people have been taken to Turkey's southern province of Mersin and they were placed at a high-school dormitory.

One of the survivors was hospitalized in the Turkish Cypriot city of Girne whereas 36 others, including a child, were hospitalized in Mersin's district of Silifke.

Bodies of 19 dead migrants were sent to Turkey's southern province of Adana for autopsy.

Most of the migrants were Syrian nationals, reports said.

The boat was believed to be heading toward west in the north of the island.

According to the UN's International Organization for Migration, more than 1,400 illegal migrants have died in the Mediterranean since the beginning of 2018.

Turkish Cyprus, Migrants, Syrian refugees