33 Greece-bound migrants drown off Turkey

  • 31/01/2016
33 Greece-bound migrants drown off Turkey

At least 33 people, including five children, have drowned in the Aegean Sea after their Greece-bound boat capsized off the Turkish coast, Turkey's state-run news agency says.

Anadolu Agency says coast guards rescued 75 others from the sea Saturday (local time) near the resort of Ayvacik en route to the Greek island of Lesbos.

The agency has identified the survivors as natives of Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar.

The International Organisation for Migration says 218 people have died this year while trying to cross by sea from Turkey to Greece.

Turkey is hosting an estimated 2.5 million refugees from Syria.

In November, Turkey agreed to fight smuggling networks and stem the flow of migrants into Europe. In return, the EU has pledged €3 billion to help improve the refugees' conditions.