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14 people die near Samos, including 8 children, another 20 are missing

28 January 2016 / 12:01:53  GRReporter
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A major accident at sea near Samos has resulted in the death of 14 illegal migrants, eight of whom children - three girls and five boys. The Greek coast guard is still searching for another 20 people in the waves of the Aegean Sea. There is no information yet on the reasons for the latest refugee tragedy but locals say that the sight of eight children's bodies is painful.
    The local authorities raised an alarm on Wednesday night, when a wet and exhausted man was found on the coast near Kokkari. He could only tell the rescue teams that he had travelled by boat from Turkey but did not know how many people were onboard or where the boat had capsized. The rescue operation began immediately and involved ships of the Greek coast guard and FRONTEX, as well as a helicopter.
    10 people have been rescued so far, who are in a state of shock and unable to give any information about the number of passengers or the reasons for the boat capsizing.


    Meanwhile, the organization "Doctors without Borders" has raised the alarm that about 35% of migrants arriving in Greece are children and often the rescue boats look like kindergartens.


    The French newspaper Le Figaro warns that the tourist season in Greece would suffer if the European Commission plans were implemented to close the northern borders of the country and turn it into a refugee buffer. The newspaper claims that the Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has sent secret letters to the European capitals, which explain in detail the Schengen Agreement provisions that Greece has disregarded. According to the article in Le Figaro, this is a sufficient reason for the closure of Greece’s northern borders this coming May.

Tags: Refugee crisisAccident at sesSamosAegeanGreek coast guard
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