Seven refugees killed after boat capsizes in east Turkey


Seven people were killed when their boat carrying 71 migrants sank in Lake Van in east Turkey, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday.

The boat carrying refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan capsized in Lake Van when it was approaching the eastern province of Bitlis. Some 64 migrants were rescued after the accident, Bitlis governorship said in a statement.

Smugglers choose Lake Van to transport migrants in order to avoid check points on roads, Anadolu said citing local sources.

In addition to 3.6 officially registered Syrian refugees living in the country, Turkey also hosts migrants coming from elsewhere in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The Interior Ministry estimates there are 1 million refugees from 37 countries in the country, bringing the total refugee population to some 5 million.



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