Turkey: 4-year-old Syrian girl found washed up in Izmir

A boat carrying 15 Syrian refugees sinks off Turkey's western coast on its way to Greece, drowning the 4-year-old child; 14 other Syrians have been rescued

Sibel Uğurlu  | 18.09.2015 - Update : 18.09.2015
Turkey: 4-year-old Syrian girl found washed up in Izmir

IZMIR, Turkey

Just a couple of weeks after the case of drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi caused worldwide outrage over the plight of refugees, another drowned Syrian child, a 4-year-old girl, has washed up, this time in western Izmir province.

According to local Turkish authorities, the yet to be identified four-year-old girl washed up off Altinkoy region in Izmir province's Cesme district Friday morning.

Preliminary reports said that a boat filled with refugees was trying to reach a Greek island when it sank. Turkish coastal officials were eventually able to save 14 Syrians, including eight children, in a rescue operation.  

The survivors were sent to the District Gendarme Command Center.

When 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on a beach near Bodrum in Turkey on September 2, it moved the international community to reassess its attitude to the plight of thousands of refugees heading for Europe from conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East.

Kurdi was one of the 12 Syrian refugees, including eight children, who had drowned that day after their boat sank en route to the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Since that incident, thousands of people have been promised asylum in western Europe.

In the first five months of 2015, over 42,000 people arrived by sea to Greece, most of them refugees, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

However, the UNHCR also says more than 300,000 people have risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea so far this year, with around 2,500 refugees and asylum seekers have died or gone missing trying to reach Europe.

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