Nine Dead As Migrant Boat Sinks Off Western Turkey Coast Guard

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Nine Dead As Migrant Boat Sinks Off Western Turkey Coast Guard

ISTANBUL – Nine people died early on Thursday when a boat carrying migrants sank off the western coast of Turkey, the Turkish coast guard said. Four people were rescued.

The boat sank off the coast of Aydin province, near Kusadasi, a popular tourist destination, it said.

In 2015, Turkey became one of the main launch points for more than a million migrants taking the sea route to the European Union, many fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

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