Dozens of Syrian and Iraqi migrants rescued off Romanian coast

By REUTERS
February 28, 2015 13:28

 
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BUCHAREST - Romania's coast guard rescued 70 migrants - mostly Syrians and Iraqis - packed on to a small fishing boat that was in danger of sinking as they attempted to make the crossing to Europe in stormy seas on Saturday.

The Turkish vessel had sailed form Istanbul and was found in trouble about 10 miles from the Romanian coast. The boat, which was crammed with migrants including 20 women and seven children, was helped to safely dock at the port of Constanta, a coast guard spokesman told Reuters.

About 500 migrants have arrived by sea to Romania since the middle of 2013, according to coast guard figures, as they flee war, poverty and human rights abuses in the Middle East and Africa.



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