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Migrant boat sinks in Turkish lake; 5 bodies recovered

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say rescue teams searching for a migrant boat reported to have capsized in a lake in eastern Turkey have recovered five bodies. A search-and-rescue mission was launched after the boat carrying migrants across Lake Van was reported missing on June 27. The local governor’s office said the bodies of five people, believed to be migrants, were pulled out of the lake on Tuesday. HaberTurk news channel said as many as 50 people may have been aboard the boat when it went down in stormy weather. The migrants are believed to be from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, the report said. Turkey, which hosts some 3.7 million Syrian refugees, is a main crossing point for migrants trying to reach Europe.

Associated Press

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