5 Sep 2015

Charges laid over drowned Syrian boy's death

8:06 am on 5 September 2015

A Turkish court has remanded four Syrians in custody after a prosecutor charged them over the deaths of at least 12 people, including a three-year-old boy, whose boat capsized as they tried to reach a Greek island.

The picture of the drowned boy washed up on the beach in Turkey swept across social media and sparked outrage at the perceived inaction by developed countries to address the refugee and migrant crisis.

The boy's father, Abdullah Kurdi, lost both his sons - Aylan, three, and Galip, five - and his wife, Rehan, when their boat overturned in high waves while heading to the Greek island of Kos.

Their bodies have been buried in Kobane in Syria] after being transported from Turkey.

- Reuters / BBC