…As Bulgaria seizes $14.3 million in fake bills***
Two children died after a boat carrying migrants sank just 50 meters off Turkey’s western coast near Bodrum on Monday, the coastguard said.
Seventeen people on the boat were rescued from the sea and seventeen others were found on the shore, the coastguard said.
Reuters television footage from the scene showed attempts being made to resuscitate a girl on the beach and an unconscious child being carried from the water to a nearby ambulance.
The coastguard did not specify the migrants’ nationalities.
Two children later died at hospital, it said, adding that search and rescue activities were continuing.
Turkey became one of the main launch points for more than a million migrants taking the sea route to EU territory in 2015, many fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.
The influx of migrants was drastically curtailed by a 2016 accord between Ankara and the EU, after hundreds died crossing to Greek islands a few miles off the Turkish shore.
Mediterranean arrivals to the bloc, including refugees making the longer and more perilous crossing from North Africa to Italy, totaled 172,301 in 2017, down from 362,753 in 2016 and 1,015,078 in 2015, according to UN data.
Meanwhile, Bulgarian Authorities raided a print shop on Monday that was making counterfeit cash, and seized fake euro and dollar bills worth more than 14.3 million dollars, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.
The Special forces which combat organised crime stormed a basement in an hotel in the Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach and seized some 100-euro and 500-euro notes and 50-dollars bills, the ministry said.
“From the print shop and from different hideouts, over 11 million fake euros and over 1.7 million dollars were seized, some stockpiled ready and some unfinished,’’ the statement said.
The raid at the print shop, is the biggest to be discovered for 11 years, as well as some other 30 sites in the Balkan country, followed a 10-month investigation supported by Europol and U.S. intelligence.
The print shop has sophisticated presses making very high quality bills, prosecutors overseeing the operation said, adding that four people were arrested.