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Refugee crisis: 17 Syrians drown off coast of Turkey

An official says 17 Syrians have drowned after their boat sank off the Turkish coast on its way to the Greek island of Leros.

Turkish Coast Guard rescues 20 people after boat sinks near holiday resort of Gumusluk

Syrian refugees arrive from Turkey to the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos on an inflatable dinghy Saturday. Another boat trying to make a similar dangerous voyage to Leros sank on Sunday, killing 17 people. (Giannakouris/Associated Press)

An official says 17 Syrians have drowned after their boat sank off the Turkish coast on its way to the Greek island of Leros.

Gov. Amir Cicek of Mugla province told the state-run Anadolu Agency that the Turkish Coast Guard rescued 20 other Syrian refugees early on Sunday. No one was missing or unaccounted for.

Cicek said the 37 Syrians had boarded the boat at the holiday resort of Gumusluk on the Bodrum peninsula. It sank soon after leaving the coast.

The governor said an investigation had been launched into the incident.

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