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Sixty one people died when a refugee boat carrying over 100 refugees sank off the coast of İzmir today, Doğan news agency reported.
Some of the refugees swam to safety onshore. The rescued refugees are reportedly from Iraq and Syria and are of Kurdish origin.

The boat's passengers, who were allegedly trying to enter European countries illegally, were mostly women and children.
Initial questioning revealed the refugees to be on their way to Britain. The fishing boat they were in struck some rocks and began taking on water, sinking soon afterward, the report said.
Gendarmarie forces have detained two Turkish suspects in connection with the incident amid a continuing investigation.


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9/6/2012 11:59:15 PM

Look at this silly @Thessalonian, 61 people (seeking for a better life) die and this hyena talks about the destination of this sunken boat. Who cares if they were heading for greece or Britain. I also ask why they should be heading for greece after all, since greeks move to Western Europe for a better life.

Handin Dglove

9/6/2012 10:42:03 PM

Where is the actual article ? This just looks like a headline. More info please.


9/6/2012 10:30:25 PM

M B, here is an exerpt from the article published by Today's Zaman On-line, "The group had previously made their way to İzmir from various countries, where the smugglers had agreed to take them to Greece, and subsequently to the UK." Regards

lara ulusoy

9/6/2012 8:21:01 PM

Say what you like, but I cannot understand why Kurdish people need to go through all this at a time when they have their new found land 'Erbil' to go to and live happily ever after ?!? With all due respect to all those who died God bless their souls.


9/6/2012 5:53:17 PM

I like your sense of humour Sid.

Sid Mark

9/6/2012 5:23:59 PM

MB keep reading you might see it.


9/6/2012 4:36:13 PM

Thessalonian, are we are reading the same article? Because I cannot read anywehere that they boarded from Izmir? Regards.


9/6/2012 4:20:17 PM

"Initial questioning revealed the refugees to be on their way to Britain." Boating from Ismir to Britain? Give us a break, will you? We are not as naive as you may think we are. They were heading to Greece assisted by Turkish human smugglers as usual. Why didn't the Turkish law enforcements stop them before they embarked? Regards

kerem atan

9/6/2012 3:30:31 PM

Ioannis F, at least mhp doesnt dream about re-taking greek lands nor has a racist outlook towards the foreigners. golden dawn is probably the most racist party in europe.those poor refugees would end up being beaten up by the racist gangs in greece if they survived.


9/6/2012 2:54:22 PM

It is not correct to say refugees always entering Europe from Greece via Turkey. It is a known fact that there are millions of people have been entering Europe illegally from other Mediterranean and Balkan countries including Italy, Spain and Serbia etc which pretty much nothing efficiently has been done by those countries either. So instead throwing stone to Turkey, Greece should also offer their help to solve the common problem.
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