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article imageDead bodies of illegal immigrants wash up on riverbank in Greece

By R. C. Camphausen     Jun 30, 2010 in World
Athens - Various sources say that 11, 16 or perhaps 19 illegal immigrants have died during their attempt to cross the border between Turkey and Greece where it is marked by the Evros river in the Greek northeast. Another 10 immigrants have been arrested.
The Athens News Agency (ANA) reports that at least 11 bodies, believed to be illegal migrants, have washed up on the banks of the Evros, a river that constitutes part of the border between Greece and Turkey.
Nine of these immigrants were found during the last 48 hours by fishermen, who alerted the authorities while two had already been found last Saturday.
The bodies were those of five women and six men, all of which have been found on the river's bank between the villages of Dilofos and Marasio. At the moment, police believes they have all been part of a group who attempted to cross the border from Turkey, during which their boat seems to have capsized.
All were brought to a morgue in the city of Alexandroupolis for autopsies, and early estimates by the coroners say that they probably were young individuals between 20 and 25.
However, a press release by the UK-based Press Association speaks of more victims, and reports that more bodies, at least 5, have been spotted on the Turkish side of the river.
Another group of immigrants, mainly from African countries, who also attempted to enter Greece have been arrested. According to their statements, they were part of the same group and they say that three more members of the party are still missing.
The Evros river is often used as a potential crossing point for foreigners, and Greece has several times complained that Turkish officials do not do enough to hinder such attempts.
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