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Smugglers Jailed in Turkey Over Death of Syrian Toddler Aylan Kurdi



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    FILE Image. Remains of a boat that was carrying migrants seen on the shoreline near the Aegean town of Ayvacik, Canakkale, Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. A boat carrying migrants to Greece hit rocks off the Turkish coast on Saturday and capsized, killing at least 33 people, including five children, officials and news reports said. Some 75 other migrants were rescued. A Turkish government official said he expects the death toll from the incident to rise as rescue workers try to reach other migrants believed trapped inside the wreckage of the boat which sank shortly after departing from the Aegean resort of Ayvacik.

    A court has sentenced two Syrian smugglers to four years and two months each in prison over the death of 3-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi and four other people, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported Friday.

    The court, in the Aegean resort of Bodrum, convicted the two of human trafficking but acquitted them of the charge of causing the deaths through deliberate negligence, the agency said.

    The image of the boy's body lying face down on a Turkish beach focused world attention on the refugee crisis, graphically illustrating the magnitude of the migrants' suffering.