Turkey convicts two men over death of Syrian toddler Alan al-Kurdi

A Turkish court on Friday convicted two Syrian men on smuggling charges relating to the deaths at sea of 3-year-old Alan al-Kurdi, his mother, brother and two others, the Dogan news agency reported.

Images of Alan's lifeless body on a Turkish beach stunned the world and focused attention on the plight of refugees and migrants escaping war and other hardships.

The pair were acquitted of the more serious charges of negligent homicide.

The deaths occurred on the perilous route between western Turkey and nearby Greek islands, which are often employed by refugees trying to reach safety in Europe.

The boy, who washed up on Turkey's shore in early September, was buried in the Syrian-Kurdish border town of Kobane along with his relatives.

Alan's father, Abdullah, was the only member of the family to survive and he has spoken out about the need to better protect refugees.

More than 100,000 migrants have arrived on Europe's shores by sea since the start of the year, according to UN data.

Last update: Fri, 04/03/2016 - 11:10
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