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Dozens Killed After Refugee Boats Sink In Aegean Sea

At least 22 people are dead after two boats traveling from Turkey to Greece sank overnight, Greek officials said.

Posted on October 30, 2015, at 6:15 a.m. ET

Santi Palacios /Associated Press

Refugees arrive to the port of Molivos on a fishing boat after the boat in which they were crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos sunk on Wednesday.

At least 22 people were killed on Friday when two vessels filled with refugees attempting to travel from Turkey to Greece sank in the Aegean Sea.

According to reports, the death toll over the past three days has reached more than 50 as migrants and refugees make the crossing amid worsening weather conditions. On Wednesday alone, 12 people died in five separate incidents in the eastern Aegean Sea, the crossing point for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war, persecution, and poverty.

Thanassis Stavrakis / AP

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expressed "endless grief" on Friday over the latest deaths and accused the European Union of failing to effectively address the humanitarian crisis.

Meanwhile Spanish sea rescue teams recovered the bodies of four migrants and are searching for 35 people missing from a boat that ran into trouble while trying to reach Spain from Morocco, the Associated Press reported.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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