Heart breaking: Image of lifeless body of Syrian child creates uproar on social media

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Ankara, Sept 3: A heart breaking picture of a lifeless Syrian child has created uproar on social media and sparked horror over Europe migrant crisis.

At least 12 Syrian migrants including two young boys, drowned on Wednesday after the boats they were travelling in sank while trying to flee the war torn country.

Image of dead Syrian child goes viral

They were trying to reach the Greek island of Kos from the Turkish resort town of Bodrum, New York Times reported citing Turkey's state-owned Anadolu news agency.

The body of toddler wearing a red-shirt and blue shorts lying face down was found in the surf near the resort town of Bodrum in Turkey. The picture has gone viral and has sparked an international outcry over the human cost of the crisis.

The boy in the picture has been identified as a three-year-old Aylan, who drowned along with his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother, Rihan. Their father, Abdullah Kurdi, survived.

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The picture, released by a Turkish news agency, is trending worldwide on Twitter under the #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik ("humanity washed ashore") hashtag.

Thousands of migrants have died this year trying to reach Europe by sea.

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