6 migrant children drown on way to Greece

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local:

11:30 a.m.

Turkish state media say six children have drowned when boats carrying migrants to Greece sank in two incidents off the Turkish coast.

A wooden boat smuggling some 20 people to the island of Kos capsized in bad weather off the Aegean resort of Bodrum early on Friday. The state-run Anadolu Agency says most of the migrants made it to shore with the help of rescuers, but two sisters aged 4 and 1 drowned,. Their nationalities were not immediately known.

The agency says a second boat carrying as many as 55 migrants from Syria and Afghanistan sank hours later off the town of Ayvacik, further north. Four Afghan children drowned in that incident, Anadolu reported. Ayvacik is a main crossing point for migrants trying to reach the island of Lesbos.

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An elderly refugee walks to past the Greek-Macedonian border as tents with stranded migrants are seen in no-man's land near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Macedonia toughened rules for crossings earlier this month, in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks, restricting access to citizens from countries typically granted asylum in Europe, including Syria and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Macedonia toughened rules for crossings earlier this month, in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks, restricting access to citizens from countries typically granted asylum in Europe, including Syria and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
A Yazidi refugee family from Iraq cries while resting on the seashore shortly after arriving on a vessel from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. About 5,000 migrants are reaching Europe each day along the so-called Balkan migrant route, stoking tensions among the countries along the migrant corridor including Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Refugees disembark from a vessel after their arrival from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. About 5,000 migrants are reaching Europe each day along the so-called Balkan migrant route, as the refugee crisis is stoking tensions among the countries on the Balkan migrant corridor including Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
A man kneels before a Macedonian police officer in an effort to cross the border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Scores of migrants stranded at Greeceâs northern border have clashed with police while trying to force their way into Macedonia. Macedonia toughened rules for migrant crossings earlier this month, restricting access to citizens from countries typically granted asylum in Europe, including Syria and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Macedonian policemen raise their shields during clashes with migrants attempting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Scores of migrants stranded at Greeceâs northern border have clashed with police while trying to force their way into Macedonia. Macedonia toughened rules for migrant crossings earlier this month, restricting access to citizens from countries typically granted asylum in Europe, including Syria and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Migrants approach the coast of the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on a dinghy as a group of Spanish volunteer lifeguards help them, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. About 5,000 migrants are reaching Europe each day along the so-called Balkan migrant route, stoking tensions among the countries along the migrant corridor including Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
A migrant uses a blanket to warm, as he waits in no man's land to be allowed to pass the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Migrants stranded at the border have been protesting for days, as several of them have started a hunger strike, after Macedonia and other Balkan countries toughen criteria for migrants and asylum seekers hoping to travel across the region to northern Europe. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
A Yazidi refugee woman from Iraq holds her child shortly after arriving on a vessel from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. About 5,000 migrants are reaching Europe each day along the so-called Balkan migrant route, as the refugee crisis is stoking tensions among the countries on the Balkan migrant corridor including Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
A vessel used by migrants to cross the Aegean sea from the Turkish coast remains on the Greek island of Lesbos, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. About 5,000 migrants are reaching Europe each day along the so-called Balkan migrant route, as the refugee crisis stokes tensions among the countries on the Balkan migrant corridor including Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Macedonian policemen clash with migrants at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Scores of migrants stranded at Greeceâs northern border have clashed with police while trying to force their way into Macedonia. Macedonia toughened rules for migrant crossings earlier this month, restricting access to citizens from countries typically granted asylum in Europe, including Syria and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
An Iraqi refugee holding her child waits for other family members on the seashore shortly after arriving on a vessel from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. About 5,000 migrants are reaching Europe each day along the so-called Balkan migrant route, as the refugee crisis is stoking tensions among the countries on the Balkan migrant corridor including Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Migrants try to remove a fence at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Scores of migrants stranded at Greeceâs northern border have clashed with police while trying to force their way into Macedonia. Macedonia toughened rules for migrant crossings earlier this month, restricting access to citizens from countries typically granted asylum in Europe, including Syria and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Iraqi refugees disembark from a vessel after their arrival from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. About 5,000 migrants are reaching Europe each day along the so-called Balkan migrant route, stoking tensions among the countries along the migrant corridor including Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Life Jackets and a boat used by refugees and migrants to cross a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos remain on a beach, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. About 5,000 migrants reaching Europe each day over the so-called Balkan migrant route. The refugee crisis is stoking tensions among the countries on the so-called Balkan migrant corridor â Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
An elderly migrant stands behind a fence, as Pakistani migrants protest demanding to be allowed to pass the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Migrants stranded at the border have been protesting for days, as several of them have started a hunger strike, after Macedonia and other Balkan countries toughen criteria for migrants and asylum seekers hoping to travel across the region to northern Europe. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
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