EU members are still confused over how to accommodate the tens of thousands of new arrivals

After Aylan 4-year old Syrian refugee drowns will it move the EU now
news Friday, September 18, 2015 - 19:54

Days after the tormenting picture of three-year –old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi made global headlines, a four-year-old Syrian girl's body  washed up on a beach in western Turkey on Friday.

Antolia news agency reported that the unidentified girl’s body was found on the beach in the Aegean town of Cesme in Izmir province after the inflatable boat she was in capsized. The girl was among the 15 Syrians trying to reach the Greek island of Chios.

It said the Turkish coast guard rescued the remaining 14 Syrians, including eight children. The girl appeared to be the only casualty. 

People around the world were outraged after seeing harrowing pictures of Aylan Kurdi pushing European leaders to step up their response to the refugee crisis.

However, EU members are still confused over how to accommodate the tens of thousands of new arrivals.

Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Friday that the Turkish coast guard had rescued over 53,000 migrants from stricken boats since the beginning of the year.

He said around 274 migrants have lost their lives in Turkish waters this year seeking to leave the country by sea for Greece.

According to a Times of India report, in the latest tragedy, 22 people, who had left Turkey, drowned on Tuesday, when their wooden boat sank off Kos.

Migrants have in recent days turned to Turkey's land borders with Greece and Bulgaria to avoid the sea voyage that has cost over 2,600 people their lives in the Mediterranean this year.

Over the last few days, Turkey’s land borders with Greece and Bulgaria has seen more inflow of migrants, who want to avoid the sea voyage that has claimed 2,600 people in the Mediterranean this year. 

Hundreds of migrants who have spent three nights out in the open near Turkey's Greek border in Edirne province after police refused their bid to reach the frontier have pledged to start a hunger strike and continue it until their demands are met, by refusing the food being handed out by a relief organization on Wednesdaynight. Edrine province, which lies 10 kilometres (six miles) from the Greek border, is being promoted on social media as a safer route out of Turkey than sea journey in packed inflatable boats. 

 An official in the Edrine governor's Office on condition of anonymity told Todays Zaman that the estimated 1,700 people there were given three days to leave the area by the authorities. 

"We are not going back. Either we all die here or we will go to Greece," Ahmed El Latif told the press, as most of the migrants appeared ready to stay at the border for as long as it took.

Under an "open-door" policy championed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has taken in 2.2 million Syrian refugees since the conflict in Syria erupted in 2011.

Kurtulmus said Turkey has so far spent almost $7 billion (6 billion euros) to provide for Syrian refugees.

 

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