Greek authorities announced the arrest of seven alleged traffickers considered responsible for the fatal migrant crossing that ended in tragedy on Sunday morning, when the wooden sailboat used to transport upward of 100 refugees overturned due to bad weather near the island of Farmakonissi. At least 34 people drowned when the boat capsized, among them four infants and 11 small children.
The seven foreign nationals arrested on trafficking charges will be led before a public prosecutor on the island of Kos to be formally charged.
Arrangements are now being made to transfer the 99 survivors of the fatal shipwreck from the island of Leros to the island of Rhodes, where the bodies retrieved from the water have already been taken and authorities are expected to begin the process of identifying the victims.
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