Seven killed when migrant raft hits rocks off Turkey

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A life raft carrying migrants crashed into rocks off Turkey's Aegean coastal town of Cesme on Tuesday, killing seven people on board, the Turkish coast guard said.

One person was rescued from the sea by a fishing boat which then alerted the coast guard. Eighteen others, including children, were rescued from the small island of Karaada near Cesme.

Search and rescue efforts were continuing for one missing person, the coast guard said in a statement.

The coast guard said the survivors told them they were put in a life raft and left to drift by Greek authorities at a location close to Turkish territorial waters. It said the raft then struck rocks and sank.

Turkey regularly accuses Greece of engaging in "pushbacks," or summary deportations of migrants without access to asylum procedures required by international law. Greece denies sending newly arrived...

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