A Turkish police officer stands next to a migrant child's dead body (Aylan Shenu) off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while reaching the Greek island of Kos. Thousands of refugees and migrants arrived in Athens on September 2, as Greek ministers held talks on the crisis, with Europe struggling to cope with the huge influx fleeing war and repression in the Middle East and Africa. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
ANKARA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Nine refugees were killed early Tuesday as a migrant boat trying to cross to Greece sank in Aegean coast of Turkey, local CnnTurk broadcaster reported.
The bodies of at least nine refugees washed up in Ayvalik town of western Balikesir province, said the report, adding that a total of 22 migrants were attempting to cross to Greece's Lesbos Island when their boat overturned in stormy weather.
Turkish coast guards are conducting search and rescue mission for other migrants, according to the report.
More than 3,000 refugees fleeing war-torn Syria have died on their way to Greek islands via Turkey, according to the International Organization for Migration.
Migrants check their mobile phones after getting out of an inflatable boat on a beach on the Greek island of Kos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, on August 12, 2015. The number of migrants and refugees arriving on Greece's shores has exploded this year, but the Mediterranean country provides virtually no reception facilities and leaves them wallowing in "totally shameful" conditions, a UN official said on August 7. The UN refugee agency's division for Europe said 124,000 refugees and migrants have landed in Greece since the beginning of the year. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
Over 600,000 refugees have reportedly reached Greek islands in 2015, in a crisis that has alarmed the European Union.
The EU and Turkish leaders reached a deal in November for curbing the refugee influx from the Middle East to Europe.