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111 refugees rescued from drowning in Maritsa River


Bulgarian police officers rescued from drowning in Maritsa River 111 illegal migrants, of whom 61 children, 26 women and 24 men. None of the migrants presented a valid ID. The people are probably of Iraqi or Syrian origin. They were attempting to reach the river shore from a small island near the village of Generalevo, Svilengrad municipality. According to preliminary data, the foreign nationals were transported by boats last night, most-probably by Turkish traffickers and were later left on the Bulgarian island.

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