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Turkey: 7 Afghan migrants die during sea crossing to Greece

AP  |  Istanbul 

Turkey's says seven Afghan nationals died, including three children, while trying to cross into Greece, but that it managed to rescue 13 people from the sinking boat.

In a statement today, it said a rescue ship and helicopter were dispatched late Monday near the western province of Canakkale following a tip. A half-sunk 6-meter fiber boat was found.

The said it rescued 12 Afghans and one alleged Iranian smuggler. and the signed a deal in 2016 to curb illegal migration.

Official figures show that in 2017 stopped some 45,000 Afghan nationals and a further 42,000 so far this year from reaching

Afghan migrants are second only to Syrians in attempted crossings from

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 15:35 IST