Migrant boat overturns, four drown, six rescued

Those who survived said there were 11 people in total on the boat, the coastguard said. The victims included two children.

Migrants disembark from a Coast Guard boat as they arrive in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo, April 15, 2015.   REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Wednesday's fatalities were the first in the area for some weeks after a European Union deal with Turkey that has helped stem the flow of migrants making the narrow but precarious sea crossing from Turkish shores to outlying Greek islands.

Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict arrived in Europe through the Greek islands in 2015.

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