Thousands of refugees continue to brave deadly sea

Rights groups estimate 70 people drowned in international waters between Greece & Turkey in September.

Migrants wait at the new reception center near the town of Gevgelija, on the Macedonian-Greek border on August 23, 2015. Picture: AFP.

ISTANBUL - Thousands of refugees continue to brave an increasingly deadly sea route to Greece and the European Union in Turkey.

The body of a four-year old Syrian girl was found on a Turkish beach on Friday, underscoring the risks of the voyage.

Only two weeks ago, the world was struck by the haunting image of a lifeless Syrian child washed ashore on a Turkish beach.

The fate of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi galvanised international attention to the plight of Syrian refugees, thousands of whom have braved a dangerous sea route from Turkey to Greece this year in their scramble to reach the European Union.

But the world was given another reminder this afternoon, when Turkish authorities discovered the body of a four-year-old Syrian girl on a beach along Turkey's Aegean coastline.

The yet-to-be-identified girl was one of thousands who have braved the sea passage since the death of Kurdi last month.

Rights groups estimate that 70 people have drowned in international waters between Greece and Turkey in just the first half of September.