Migrant boat sinks off Turkey killing 7 children, 2 women

More than 1,500 refugees and migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in the first seven months of 2018.(AFP)
Updated 09 August 2018
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Migrant boat sinks off Turkey killing 7 children, 2 women

  • The migrants were attempting to reach one of the Greek islands near Kusadasi
  • Many migrants continue to attempt to reach the Greek islands from the Turkish coast

ANKARA: Turkey’s state-run news agency says a boat carrying migrants has capsized off the Turkish coast in the Aegean sea, killing seven children and two women.
Anadolu Agency says four other migrants were rescued from the rubber boat that sank early on Thursday off the resort of Kusadasi.
There was no information on the nationalities of the migrants, who were attempting to reach one of the Greek islands near Kusadasi.
Kusadasi district administrator Muammer Aksoy told Anadolu the bodies have been recovered and no further migrants are reported missing.
Many migrants continue to attempt to reach the Greek islands from the Turkish coast, hoping to eventually move to more prosperous European Union countries. Others try to cross the river that runs along the land border between the two countries.


Attacker stabs Israeli forces in Jerusalem's Old City, shot dead

Updated 5 min 26 sec ago
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Attacker stabs Israeli forces in Jerusalem's Old City, shot dead

  • The attack, in Jerusalem's most well-known and fraught quarter, came amid fears of an uptick in violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Jerusalem's Old City is split between Palestinians and Israelis but controlled by Israeli forces

JERUSALEM: An attacker stabbed two Israeli border police in Jerusalem's Old City before being shot dead on Thursday, police said.
The attack, in Jerusalem's most well-known and fraught quarter, came amid fears of an uptick in violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Two Palestinians accused of carrying out shooting attacks were shot dead in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank late Wednesday and early Thursday.
The two police officers wounded in Jerusalem on Thursday morning were not in life-threatening condition, a police spokesman said.
The spokesman did not provide any details on the attacker's identity.
Jerusalem's Old City is split between Palestinians and Israelis but controlled by Israeli forces.
It is home to some of the holiest sites in Christianity, Islam and Judaism but has been the scene of multiple attacks by Palestinians, often armed with knives.
Such "lone wolf" attacks have subsided in recent years, but remain sporadic.