至少 13 三天内第三艘移民船在希腊水域沉没后死亡

至少 13 周五晚些时候,一艘移民船在爱琴海倾覆,造成多人死亡, 至少带来 27 希腊水域中涉及移民船的三起事故的总死亡人数.

The sinkings came as smugglers increasingly favour a perilous route from 火鸡 to Italy, which avoids Greece’s heavily patrolled eastern Aegean islands that for years were at the forefront of the country’s migration crisis.

The coast guard said 62 people were rescued after a sailboat capsized late Friday 8km (5 英里) off the island of Paros in the central Aegean. Survivors told the coast guard that about 80 people had been on the vessel.

Five coast guard patrol boats, nine private vessels, a helicopter and a military transport plane continued the night-time search for more survivors, 当局说, while coast guard divers also participated.

Smugglers based in Turkey increasingly have packed yachts with migrants and refugees and sent them towards 意大利.

较早, 11 people were confirmed dead after a sailboat on Thursday struck a rocky islet some 235km (145 英里) south of Athens, near the island of Antikythera. The coast guard said Friday that 52 人, 11 妇女和 27 children were rescued after spending hours on the islet.

“People need safe alternatives to these perilous crossings,” the Greek office of the United Nations Refugee Agency, 难民署, 在推文中说.

In a separate incident Friday, Greek police arrested three people on smuggling charges and detained 92 migrants after a yacht ran aground in the southern Peloponnese region.

And a search operation continued for a third day in the central Aegean, where a boat carrying migrants sank near the island of Folegandros, killing at least three people. Thirteen others were rescued, and the survivors reported that at least 17 people were missing. Authorities said the passengers originally were from Iraq.

Greece is a popular entry point into the European Union for people fleeing conflict and poverty in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. But arrivals dropped sharply in the last two years after Greece extended a wall at the Turkish border and began intercepting inbound boats carrying migrants and refugees – a tactic criticised by human rights groups.

多于 116,000 asylum-seekers crossed the Mediterranean to reach EU countries this year as of 19 十二月, according to UNHCR. The agency said 55% travelled to Italy, 35% to Spain and 7% 到 希腊, with the remainder heading to Malta and Cyprus.

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