Nine more migrants' bodies found on Turkey's western coast

January 14, 2016 17:49

ISTANBUL - The bodies of nine migrants, some of whom may have drowned up to 10 days earlier while trying to reach Europe by sea, were found on Turkey's coast in recent days, as neither cold winter waters nor government efforts seemed to stem the flow of migrants.

The bodies of five men and one woman were found washed up on the shores of Seferihisar near Izmir on Tuesday, district governor Resul Celik told Reuters, adding doctors believe they drowned 5 to 10 days ago.

The coast guard said separately in a statement that it had found the bodies of a girl and two women near Ayvacik further north after a boat partially capsized. It rescued 13 people, but a search continued for two men and a boy.

In a deal struck at the end of November, Turkey promised to help stem the flow of migrants to Europe in return for cash, visas and renewed talks on joining the European Union.

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