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Turkey increases the balance of shipwrecks with migrants to 61 dead at the end of June

July 25, 2020

This Saturday, the Turkish authorities increased the rest of the shipwreck of a migrant boat to 61 deaths that capsized while sailing on Lake Van in the east of the country on June 27 after another body had been recovered in the past few hours .

The search and rescue is ongoing, Murat Melet, director of the Human Rights Association (IHD) in Van Province, told the data protection agency before reporting that “trafficking in human beings has become a business and a profession in Turkey.”

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has claimed that the ship, with around 60 migrants, capsized on June 27 in Lake Van near the Turkish border with Iran. For years, Turkey has been one of the most important gates to Europe for refugees fleeing conflict, persecution and poverty in countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

Turkey increases the balance of shipwrecks with migrants to 61 dead at the end of JuneTurkey increases the balance of shipwrecks with migrants to 61 dead at the end of June

Melet increased the number of migrants on board the ship to 80 that Saturday and found that they had chosen Lake Van because “this is the cheapest route”. In addition, he explained that the fact that the rescue of the victims is still ongoing shows that the local authorities do not have the necessary infrastructure, as they already knew where the boat capsized and where it sank.

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