Afghan boy, 10, ‘beaten to death’ on Greece-certain boat

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A ten-one year-frail Afghan boy has been beaten to death on board a packed boat carrying no longer lower than 65 folks aiming to achieve the Greek island of Lesbos, in step with Greece’s recordsdata agency ANA.

Scenes of horror broke out on Saturday, when the refugees noticed a patrol boat from European border agency Frontex drawing shut their flimsy vessel, in apprehension they’d be despatched relief to Turkey, stated ANA.

The Greek coastguard confirmed to Al Jazeera the age of the boy nonetheless didn’t inform on his nationality.

The coastguard spokesman stated a Frontex boat, which turned into finishing up a routine patrol operation east of the island, identified the vessel travelling in direction of the island.

The ten-one year-frail boy turned into reportedly on the boat with his parents and two youthful sisters.

His mother tried to jump into the ocean after checking out about her son’s death, stated ANA. She turned into rescued by Greek coastguard officers.

Greek authorities informed Al Jazeera they had opened an investigation into the incident and the boy’s reason on the relief of death.


‘World’s deadliest border’

In March 2016, the European Union (EU) and Turkey reached a deal to stem the float of refugees from Turkey to the continent, while countries all over the Balkans sealed their borders.

Those measures bear resulted in a stamp-up of more than 60,000 refugees and migrants in Greece, which is an EU member.

But despite the settlement, folks determined to achieve Europe bear persevered arriving on Greece’s islands, with numbers growing over the previous few months.

The death of the boy comes a day after the United Countries’ migration agency stated more than 33,000 folks bear died at sea attempting to achieve Europe since 2000, making the Mediterranean « by some distance the realm’s deadliest border ».

Professor Philippe Fargues, of the European College Institute in Florence, author of the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) file, stated the figures doubtlessly underestimated the right scale of the human tragedy.

To this level this one year, some 161,000 migrants and refugees bear arrived in Europe by sea, in step with IOM figures.

About Seventy five % of them landed in Italy, with the relief in Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Virtually 3,000 others are uninteresting or lacking, stated the IOM.

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