Two hun­dred mi­grants res­cued off Greek is­lands

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s coast guard says 217 mi­grants have been res­cued by au­thor­i­ties since the start of the new year in four sep­a­rate in­ci­dents. Mi­grants, the ma­jor­ity of them refugees from Syria’s civil war, keep try­ing to en­ter the Euro­pean Union de­spite the cold and rough seas. A coast guard spokes­woman said con­di­tions in the east­ern Aegean Sea were “very un­favourable’’ with high winds pre­vail­ing. The first ca­su­alty of the year, a boy, died on Satur­day when an in­flat­able dinghy car­ry­ing 40 peo­ple was thrown into rocks off the Greek is­land of Agath­on­isi. The oth­ers were res­cued, in­clud­ing a woman who had been thrown at sea dur­ing the crash. On Sun­day, 56 peo­ple had been res­cued so far, ac­cord­ing to the coast guard.

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