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Seven migrants dead, two missing after boat sinks in Aegean: Greece

Published on Mar 18, 2014 4:56 PM

ATHENS (AFP) - Seven migrants including two children died early on Tuesday after their boat sank in the Aegean Sea, Greek port authorities said.

Two others remained missing after the accident off the island of Lesbos, they said. Eight people were plucked out of the sea alive.

Greece is one of the main ports of entry into the European Union for people fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.

People traffickers last year began using Greece's Aegean islands as a preferred route into Europe following a tightening of migration controls along its land border with Turkey.

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