A map of Turkey and Greece, two frontline countries that migrants enter from the Mediterranean Sea
A map of Turkey and Greece, two frontline countries that migrants enter from the Mediterranean Sea

The Turkish coastguard rescued 20 migrants on Monday. Two children died during the rescue operation.

The Turkish coast guard retrieved some 20 migrants from an inflatable boat off the coast of Western Turkey. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said the boat was carrying around 30 people when it sank Monday near the tourist resort of Gumbet, near Bodrum, Turkey.    

Two children rescued from the boat later died in the hospital. Seventeen other people were found on the shore, Reuters reports.

The Turkish authorities have not revealed the nationalities of the migrants. 

Earlier this month, a truck carrying migrants drove off a highway near the Turkish city of Izmir, AFP reported. The accident on October 15 killed 22 people. The nationalities of the migrants were also not clear. The driver of the vehicle survived, but among the dead were two babies, two children and a pregnant woman.

Turkey an entry point to Europe

Turkey has taken in a total of 3.5 million refugees from neighboring Syria and has become one of the main transfer countries for migrants headed to western Europe. In 2016, the EU-Turkey deal was sealed. Under the agreement, Turkey was promised €6 billion in financial aid, to be used by the Turkish government to finance projects for Syrian refugees. The deal caused the number of migrants to reach Europe to drop dramatically.  

 

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