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Turkish Media: 6 Children Drown as Migrants' Boats Sink

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Life Jackets and a boat used by refugees and migrants to cross a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos remain on a beach, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.

Life Jackets and a boat used by refugees and migrants to cross a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos remain on a beach, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.

At least six children drowned Friday in two incidents when their boats sank off the Turkish coast as they tried to make the risky crossing to Greece, according to Turkish state media.

The Anatolia news agency reported that a boat loaded with 55 Syrian and Afghan migrants sank in strong winds and high waves near the town of Ayvacik while heading toward the Greek island of Lesbos.

Rescuers have recovered the bodies of four Afghan children who drowned in that incident.

Anatolia also reported that two children drowned in the other incident when their vessel capsized in bad weather while heading to the Greek island of Kos. Their nationalities were not immediately known.

Turkey, which is hosting more than two million refugees from the conflict in Syria, has become the main transit point for people fleeing the war and seeking a better life in Europe.

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