A boat carrying 160 migrants sank off the coast of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, killing 16 people, private Turkish broadcaster CNN Turk said on Wednesday.
The boat was said to be carrying 150 people when it went down off the village of Yeni Erenkoy in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot-controlled portion of the island.
Over 100 people were rescued in a joint operation by Turkish Cypriot and Turkish coastguards after the boat sank off the village of Gialousa (Yeni Erenkoy in Turkish) on the panhandle Karpas peninsula.
Search efforts were under way to recover the missing with commercial vessels also taking part, the reports added.
Turkey’s DHA news agency said that the refugees were Syrians seeking to go to Europe but this has yet to be confirmed.
Cyprus, some 160km from Syria’s coast, has not seen the massive inflow of migrants experienced by Turkey, Greece and Italy although asylum applications have been rising sharply.