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Two Refugee Children Dead off Kos Island

pro-708_6A new Aegean Sea tragedy occurred on Thursday in the sea area 250 meters off the coast of Kos island where the coast guard recovered the bodies of two refugee children.
It was the early hours of Thursday when a patrol boat of the Hellenic Coast Guard found 10 refugees struggling in the water in the Psalidi area off Kos. There was no boat to be found nearby to indicate a shipwreck.
The coast guard pulled 10 survivors out of the water and one dead child. Four more survivors were found later. One of the survivors told the coast guard men that his child was dead but the body was not found immediately. The dead child was found later as the rescue operation continued.
It is not clear whether the refugees were in a boat that sank or they were left there with life jackets by the smugglers.
People smugglers fire shots at policemen at the Evros border
A smuggler fired shots at border police of Orestiada near the border with Turkey late on Wednesday night.
The incident took place when Greek border policemen of the Orestiada police department discovered refugees disembarking from rubber boats on the Greek side of Evros River.
The Greek policemen apprehended 21 Syrian refugees and one Iraqi. The smugglers, two Syrian men who were on the boat, were arrested on the spot. During the arrest their accomplices who were on the Turkish bank of Evros opened fire at the Greek policemen.
The policemen reacted by shooting warning shots in the air, while taking the refugees and the smugglers to a place where there was cover.
The Greek border police are investigating the incident and have requested from Turkish authorities to search for the smugglers and arrest them.

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