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Syrian smugglers receive prison sentences for Aylan Kurdi’s death

The image of the boy’s lifeless body lying face down on a Turkish beach galvanized world attention on the refugee crisis

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Turkey’s state-run news agency says a court has sentenced two Syrian smugglers to four years and two months each in prison over the death of 3-year-old migrant boy Aylan Kurdi and four other people.

Anadolu Agency said Friday the court convicted the two of human trafficking but acquitted them of the charge of causing the deaths through deliberate negligence.

Aylan’s brother, Galip, and mother, Rihan, were also among the five victims who drowned last year when their boat went down in the ill-fated journey from Bodrum to the Greek island of Kos.

The image of the boy’s lifeless body lying face down on a Turkish beach galvanized world attention on the refugee crisis, graphically illustrating the magnitude of the migrants’ suffering.