BODRUM, TURKEY — The body of a Syrian boy was found on a beach near one of Turkey's main tourist resorts, sparking an outcry on social media on Wednesday.
The 3-year-old Syrian Kurd, identified as Aylan Kurdi from the town of Kobani near the Turkish border, was in one of two boats carrying 23 Syrian immigrants that set off separately from the Akyarlar area in Turkey's Bodrum Peninsula en route to the Greek island of Kos. Canada was reportedly their ultimate destination, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal reported.
The boat that the boy was travelling in capsized, and his body washed up on shore near the resort town of Bodrum in southwestern Turkey. Five children and a woman were among the dead, including Kurdi's mother and his 5-year-old brother. The boy's father was found semiconscious and taken to the hospital, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing Turkish media reports.
"European countries' worrying approach to the flow of migrants has caused sorrow and it has been evaluated that the issue should be taken up in a basic human rights perspective," Reuters quoted from a statement issued by Turkey's National Security Council.
According to the United Nations refugee agency, more than 2,500 people have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe so far this year.
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