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Boat sinks off Greek island, 11 drowned

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-12-23 16:58

ATHENS - Eleven people, including five children, drowned during the capsizing of a boat carrying refugees and migrants from Turkey to the Greek island of Farmakonissi, the Greek Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Fifteen people were rescued while two were missing, according to local authorities.

About 750,000 refugees and migrants have reached Greece since the beginning of 2015, with most of them continuing their journey to central and northern Europe, according to figures of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration. More than 200 have drowned in the Aegean and over 90,000 have been rescued.

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