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Father of drowned Syrian child Aylan Kurdi returns Kobane to burry family

SURUC: The father of a three-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi whose body was washed up on a Turkish beach in an image that took the world  talking, has returned to his home town Kobane on Friday to bury his family, an AFP photographer reported.

Abdullah Kurdi arrived at the Turkish border town of Suruc with the funeral caskets of his son and other family members who also drowned while trying to get to Europe, and headed towards the flashpoint Syrian town with family members and Turkish security forces.


Kurdi described what had happened on board the boat heading for Greece, saying the captain had panicked because of high waves and jumped into the sea, leaving him in control of the small craft.

“I took over and started steering. The waves were so high and the boat flipped. I took my wife and my kids in my arms and I realised they were all dead,” he said.

The long convoy was stopped from entering Kobane.