June 23, 2024

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The body of a child and a backpack with food were thrown on Naxos

The body of a small child washed ashore on the island of Naxos on Saturday. Authorities suspect the child was another victim of a recent shipwreck of a migrant ship in the central Aegean Sea.

This is the third body of a child tossed onto the beaches of Naxos. The bodies of two adults were found on the neighboring islands.

According to the publication cyclades24 Police officers also found a backpack next to the body, filled mostly with food and water.

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Authorities believe the bag belonged to a child.

According to the police, the victims are victims of an unknown shipwreck that occurred a few days ago.

In December, at least 3 shipwrecks occurred in Greek waters:

The first shipwreck occurred at Folegandros Islands December 21, while 13 people were rescued and the bodies of three men were recovered from the sea. One survivor told the Greek Coast Guard that the boat they were on could have carried up to 50 people without any protective gear.

In the second shipwreck, north of Antikythera Islands, 11 people were killed, 88 people were saved. In addition, on Christmas Eve, off the island of Paros, a boat capsized with at least 80 people, killing 17 migrants, including one child. Sixty-three survivors were rescued and taken to the island of Paroswhere the local authorities and the inhabitants of the island rushed to help them with blankets, food and clothing.

During these days, the Greek coastguard, with the support of the navy and aviation, as well as merchant and private ships, rescued a total of 160 people. According to the editorial office, the rescued were moved to the camps for the reception and identification of refugees.

UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency, statedthat it is “deeply saddened” by the large number of migrant deaths in the Aegean Sea, when at least 31 people died in three separate shipwrecks between December 21 and 24.

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