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5 migrants drown off Greek island of Samos

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5 migrants drown off Greek island of Samos

Five migrants who took the risk of crossing the Aegean Sea in their bid to reach Europe unfortunately drowned when their boat capsized of the Greek island of Samos close to the coast of Turkey.

The five migrants- four women and one child –according to Greek coast guard officials, were fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East when they met their untimely deaths but five others were rescued by eagle eyed coats guards as other coast guard vessels assisted by a helicopter were searching for more survivors.

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Reports say the incident occurred a day after two ferries took more than 120 migrants back to Turkey from the Greek island of Lesbos, in the second round of returns under an EU deal with Ankara to halt mass migration across the Aegean Sea to Europe.

The accord, which came into force on Monday, aims to stem an uncontrolled influx into the European Union of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and beyond, after more than 1 million arrived last year.

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