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7 migrants die after boat capsizes in Turkey’s Lake Van

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Seven irregular migrants died on Thursday when their boat sank in Turkey’s Lake Van, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The boat, carrying 71 irregular migrants, capsized in Lake Van off eastern Bitlis province. Seven migrants died, while 64 were rescued, the governor’s office said in a statement.

The migrants were Pakistani, Afghan and Bangladeshi nationals, the statement added.

Some 268,000 irregular migrants were held in Turkey in 2018, according to the Interior Ministry.

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