#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – November 03 – A total of 24 people have been killed and another 7 have been rescued after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the northern coast of Istanbul.
With a further 12 are missing, AP reported.
A rescue official said most of the dead were children and that the boat had been carrying between 30 and 40 migrants.
Six people are known to have been rescued by the Turkish coastguard, while 10 bodies were recovered.
According to local reports, the refugees were believed to have been heading for Romania.
AFTER LATEST LAMPEDUSA TRAGEDY, BAN CALLS FOR ACTION TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS
Following reports of a second ship capsizing off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to protect the rights of migrants and take action to prevent such tragic incidents.
“The Secretary-General is deeply saddened to hear reports of the loss of lives as another boat carrying migrants capsized yesterday off the coast of Italy, only a few days after the tragic incident near Lampedusa which had already claimed more than 300 lives,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a <“http://www.un.org/sg/statements/?nid=7196“>statement.
According to media reports, at least 27 people died and 221 were saved on Friday after their boat capsized near Lampedusa.
The incident occurred just over a week after more than 300 migrants, mostly Ethiopian, lost their lives when their boat caught fire half a mile from the coast, leading the vessel to capsize in the same area.
“The Secretary-General calls on the international community to take action to prevent such tragedies in the future, including measures that address their root causes and that places the vulnerability and human rights of migrants at the centre of the response,” the statement said.
- Video released of dramatic rescue of capsized Lampedusa migrants (telegraph.co.uk)
- UN chief calls for action to protect migrants’ rights (worldbulletin.net)
- Lampedusa Tragedy: Ban Calls For Action To Protect Migrant Human Rights (eurasiareview.com)