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Turkey Investigates as suspected Boat Migrant Bodies Wash up on Beach

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish authorities are investigating the bodies of eight people who washed up in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, including two found on a beach in the resort town of Serik on Monday. ing.

Antalya's governor's office announced that one of the bodies is believed to be a missing Turkish national. Authorities believe the seven other bodies found in the past week may be migrants from a boat that went missing on its way to Cyprus off the coast near the Syria-Lebanon border last month. There is.

An estimated 90 people were on board the boat that went missing on December 11, the governor's office said, citing information provided by the Lebanese embassy in Turkey.

An assessment of currents, winds and waves indicated that the victims may have been dragged towards Antalya's coastline, the office said in a statement.

The boat left northern Lebanon with about 85 people on board, including 30 children, said Mohamed Sabrou, a Lebanese immigration lawyer.

Sabrou said they lost contact with another ship that left Lebanon on Thursday with about 50 or 60 people on board.

On Monday, resort staff found two bodies 500 meters (1,640 feet) apart on a beach used by guests, the private Demiroren news agency said.

Other bodies were found in a resort near the town of Manavgat and on the coast near the city of Antalya.

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