ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani has tasked the Department of Foreign Relations to bring home bodies of a number of migrants who drowned in the Aegean Sea in late December.
According to a statement by the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Department of Media and Information, the bodies of the victims will be repatriated on two different flights, including one on next Saturday and another on Monday, as cited by Kurdistan 24.
The nine victims were identified as Rezan Abdulrahman Uzer, Sumaiya Jasim Barwari, Bilal Jasim Barwari, Rabi'a Abdulrahman Hamarashid, Raz Karwan Ghafour Shorijayi, Ashti Jibrael Ahmed Tallabani, Azima Othman Mohammed, Azhin Awder Rasoul, and Anya Awder Rasoul.
In late December, three separate boat wreck incidents occurred in three days in a row in the Aegean Sea.
A boat carrying nearly 70 migrants capsized off the island of Folegandros, in Greece, with only 13 people have survived, becoming the most tragic incident of the year.
In a similar incident, 11 migrants lost their lives after their boat ran aground on an islet north of the Greek island of Antikythera. Over 90 others were rescued.