MIGRANTS, TWO SHIPWRECKS OFF KALYMNOS AND RHODES: 21 VICTIMS, 11 OF WHOM ARE CHILDREN Alexis Tsipras will speak in parliament today about migration, in response to a request received from the opposition

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A new tragedy happened in the Aegean sea, where two boats shipwrecked off the Greek islands of Kalymnos and Rhodes. The Greek harbor police managed to save 144 people and has specified that the vessels sunk due to bad weather. This morning, however, off the coast of Kalymnos were found the bodies of 18 people, including six women and eight children, as well as two new-borns. Besides, in the waters  near Rhodes were recovered the dead bodies of a woman, a child, and an infant.

Last Wednesday alone four other boats had sunk off the islands of Lesvos and Samos, causing the death of at least 17 people, including 11 children; but the balance of deaths is still provisional. In October alone 68 people died in the Greek waters, according to the calculations of the France presse, based on data provided by the Greek harbor police. Most of the victims were children.

On  social media have multiplied the critiques of the humanitarian workers of Frontex, the European Agency for the control of borders, whose patrols in the area are accused of poor reactivity in saving lives. Yesterday, commenting on the recent shipwrecks, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed deep concern, stressing how the “worsening of the weather conditions” aggravates the conditions of the migrants.

Today, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will speak in parliament about migration, in response to a request received from the opposition. Since the beginning of the year, over 560,000 migrants arrived in Greece by sea out of a total number of over 700,000 who arrived in Europe via Mediterranean countries, according to data provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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