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Six children drown on route to Greece

Two boats carrying migrants off the Turkish coast to Greece sank in two seperate incidents

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Turkish state media has said six children have drowned when boats carrying asylum seekers to Greece sank in two seperate incidents off the Turkish coast.

A wooden boat smuggling some 20 people to the island of Kos capsized in bad weather off the Aegean resort of Bodrum early on Friday. The state-run Anadolu Agency says most of the migrants made it to shore with the help of rescuers, but two sisters aged four and one, drowned.

Their nationalities were not immediately known.

The agency says a second boat carrying as many as 55 migrants from Syria and Afghanistan sank hours later off the town of Ayvacik, further north. Four Afghan children drowned in that incident, Anadolu reported.

Ayvacik is a main crossing point for those trying to reach the island of Lesbos.