The al-Jazeera news network has reported on Thursday that 39 persons were killed when a boat carrying refugees sank attempting to illegally enter Turkey. Amongst those who survived were Palestinians.The boat capsized of the coast of Izmir, Turkey, leading to the death of 39 individuals including women and children. Al-Jazeera reporter, Ozgun Levant , stated that some of those dead had been locked in a compartment of boat and were unable to escape as the vessel sank.

Furthermore 49 individuals were rescued by Turkish authorities. The group also included Syrians and Iraqis. At present the nationalities of those deceased are unclear.

Further information will be reported as events develop.