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Refugee death toll rises to 11

Bodies of 11 refugees were found on the Karpaz coast.

Refugee death toll rises to 11

(Updated 15:57)

Yesterday two male bodies were found washed up at the coast of Karpaz, and a further nine were found in the area today. The last two were found north of the Dipkarpaz picnic area.
According to Cyprus Today's sister paper Kıbrıs, they were part of a group of 13 refugees, thought to be from Syria, who departed from Mersin on a boat that capsized during the journey.
The death toll is expected to rise.

Items including a life vest, watch, belt bag, mobile phones, $100 two ID cards and a passport, thought to belong to the refugees, were also found.

President Mustafa Akıncı made a statement following the news.

“It is pains us to see these poor, helpless people who left their homes and countries and lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea,” he said.
“The lifeless bodies reaching our shores remind us once more how much peace and stability is needed in our area. One of my greatest responsibilities, for our community... is to strive to bring peace and stability to our island and our area,” added Mr Akıncı.

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