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Fifteen Migrants Killed in Southeastern Turkey Bus Crash

Fifteen Migrants Killed in Southeastern Turkey Bus Crash

Thursday, 18 July, 2019 - 12:30
Turkish security members surround migrants after their arrival in Pehlivankoy, Kirklareli, Turkey, Monday, April 4, 2016. Migrants have been sent to a deportation center in Pehlivankoy as part of a controversial deal between the EU and Turkey, according to a state-run news agency. (AP Photo/Ergin Yildiz)
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A minibus crash in southeast Turkey Killed fifteen migrants and injured 20 others on Thursday, a local governor said.

The minibus carrying the migrants went off the road and rolled into a ditch in the province of Van.

Footage from the scene showed the minibus in the ditch, with the casualties laid out on the side of a road Reuters reported.

Broadcaster NTV said some of the passengers had fallen off the bus as it rolled into the ditch.

The destination of the bus and the nationalities of the migrants were not immediately stated.

More than a million migrants and refugees, many fleeing conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, have passed through Turkey in recent years on their way to the European Union.

According to Reuters, numbers declined sharply in 2016 when Turkey, in exchange for 3 billion euros in EU aid and a promise to ease visa restrictions for Turks, began to exert more control on migrants trying to cross to Europe.

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