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Increased deaths from Greek immigrant ship accidents

The latest tragedy (third since Wednesday) was in the midst of high smuggling activity that had not been seen in Greek waters for months.

After crossing the sea to the Greek islands, nearly one million people, mainly Syrian refugees, arrived in the European Union in 2015. (Reuters Archive)

When a migrant ship sank in the Aegean Sea, at least 16 people died just hours after the deaths of 11 people in a similar incident.

The Athens news agency reported on Saturday that the Hellenic Coast Guard found 16 bodies, including three women and one baby, late Friday. 63 people were rescued from a boat that capsized and sank near Paros.

A few hours ago, 11 bodies were recovered from a boat stranded on a small island north of Antikythera, Greece, on Thursday night.

According to the Coast Guard, 90 people stranded on the island were rescued.

On Wednesday, a dinghy carrying immigrants capsized on Folegandros, killing at least three people. Thirteen people have been rescued, but dozens remain missing, according to Greek officials.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR said the Folegandros accident was the worst in the Aegean Sea this year.

“This shipwreck makes us realize that people continue to embark on dangerous voyages in search of safety,” said Adriano Silvestri, Deputy Representative of UNHCR in Greece.

read more: Death after an immigrant ship sank on the Greek coast

Increase in intersections

After stranded on the shores of the Peloponnese early Friday, coastal guards intercepted another boat with 92 men and boys on board.

Three suspected smugglers who fled the boat on foot were later arrested.

UNHCR estimates that more than 2,500 people died or went missing at sea trying to reach Europe between January and November this year.

After crossing the Greek islands near Turkey, nearly one million people, mainly Syrian refugees, arrived in the European Union in 2015.

“Recently, the criminal activity of smugglers who are indifferent to human life has intensified, with dozens of suffering people piled up on boats that do not even wear life jackets and do not even meet basic safety standards. “There is,” said Maritime Minister Jannis Prakiotakis late. On Friday.

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Dozens of people were reported missing after the boat sank from the Greek coast

Source: AFP

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