18 migrants killed as boats sink off Turkey

Eighteen migrants, including at least seven children, have drowned after their boats sank off Turkey’s Aegean coast.

It’s believed the group was trying to make the short but perilous crossing to Greece, making them the latest fatalities in Europe’s refugee crisis.

Authorities say they have recovered the bodies of 14 people from a wooden boat which was heading from the western province of Canakkale to the Greek island of Lesbos when it crashed into rocks and took on water on Wednesday.


Another four perished when their vessel sank off the coast of Izmir, a province further south.

Turkey, which is hosting 2.2 million refugees from the conflict in neighbouring Syria, has become the main transit point for people fleeing war and misery for a better life in Europe.

The latest tragedy came as European leaders were due to meet African counterparts in Malta to discuss the migration crisis.