Turkey: search launched for 10 migrants after boats sinks

Migrants still try to cross into Greece from nearby Turkey in the hopes of making their way to other European countries. (File/AFP)
Updated 12 November 2018

Turkey: search launched for 10 migrants after boats sinks

  • There was no immediate detail on the nationalities of the migrants
  • Migrants still try to cross into Greece from nearby Turkey in the hopes of making their way to other European countries

ANKARA: Turkey’s state-run news agency says the country’s coast guard has launched a search-and-rescue mission to locate 10 migrants who are reported missing after their boat sank in the Aegean Sea.
Anadolu Agency says the boat went down on Monday off the coast of Dikili, in Izmir province, close to the Greek island of Lesbos.
It said authorities launched the rescue operation after two of the migrants managed to swim to shore to seek help.
There was no immediate detail on the nationalities of the migrants.
Although their numbers have decreased in recent years, migrants still try to cross into Greece from nearby Turkey in the hopes of making their way to other European countries.


Jordan police clash with protesters over anti-smuggling efforts

Updated 56 min 25 sec ago

Jordan police clash with protesters over anti-smuggling efforts

  • The clashes erupted last week between police and protesters in the northern city of Ramtha

AMMAN: Jordanian officials have reached a deal with local representatives to end two days of clashes over government efforts to curb cross-border cigarette smuggling from Syria.
The clashes erupted last week between police and protesters in the northern city of Ramtha. Many residents of the impoverished city have made a living selling cigarettes that were smuggled in Syria for a profit in Jordan, prompting the government to tighten customs regulations.
In recent days, protesters blocked streets with stones and tires and threw fire bombs at police, who fired tear gas to disperse them.
Such anti-government violence is rare in Jordan.
Petra news agency and other local media reported the agreement to end clashes on Sunday.