More deaths in the Mediterranean including 17 children

re posted from                                      Al Jazeera

22 Jan 2016 12:34 GMT

Refugees drown as two boats capsize off Greek islands

Authorities recover bodies of 42 people, including 17 children, after two refugee boats capsize in the Aegean.

About 850,000 refugees crossed into Greece last year [File: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis]

At least 42 people, including 17 children, have drowned after two boats carrying refugees capsized in the Aegean Sea, the Greek coastguard has said.

In the first incident, the bodies of six children and two women were recovered early on Friday after a wooden boat carrying 49 people capsized off the small Greek island of Farmakonisi in eastern Aegean.

Authorities said they rescued one girl, while 40 more people safely made it to land.

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