At least 11 migrants believed to be Syrians drowned as two boats sank after leaving southwest Turkey for the Greek island of Kos, Turkeys Dogan news agency reported on Wednesday 2 September.
It said a boat carrying 16 Syrian migrants had sunk after leaving the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum peninsula, and seven people had died. Four people were rescued and the coast guard was continuing its search for five people still missing.
Separately, a boat carrying six Syrians sank after leaving Akyarlar on the same route. Three children and one woman drowned and two people survived after reaching the shore in life jackets. The DHA channel showed the body of a child lying on the beach, and another body being pulled out of the water.
Tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the conflict in their homeland have descended on Turkeys Aegean coast this summer to board boats to Greece, their gateway to the European Union.
Aid agencies estimate that, over the past month, about 2,000 people a day have been making the short crossing to Greeces eastern islands on rubber dinghies. So far this year, more than 2,500 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean, the UNHCR said.