The balance of migrants who were killed by the sinking of a boat in Lake Van in southeast Turkey on June 27 has risen to 60, the authorities confirmed on Monday.
Rescue teams continue to work in the region and are looking for possible missing persons, as the Turkish state news agency Anatolia reports. The authorities arrested five people for alleged connection to the incident.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has pointed out that more than 21,000 migrants have arrived in the province of Van on the Iranian border this year, of which 4,500 were able to enter the country irregularly. .
Van Lake is a regular border crossing for refugees trying to get to Europe from the Middle East. In December, it was the scene of another shipwreck that killed at least seven people. The migrants were then identified as people from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.