Weary of the civil war at home, a Yemeni family attempted to cross into Europe through Greece to a tragic end.
But one family member was lost at sea after Greek coast guard units threw him into the Mediterranean Sea.
The family — husband and wife, Mahgdi Kalla and Fatima Mahmud, along with their cousin, Mucahed Abduljavad — left Yemen in December.
On Jan. 30, they boarded a rubber boat carrying a group of Yemeni asylum seekers from Turkey’s Aegean province of Izmir.
They crossed to Greece’s Chios Island but were captured by the Greek coast guard.
Kalla, Abduljavad and another Yemeni named Mahad Adinare were thrown into Turkish territorial waters.
Kalla and Adinare, swimming against strong currents in freezing water, made it to the isle of Karaada off Mugla, Turkiye, but Abduljavad was missing.
Turkish coast guard units gave the survivors first aid, and launched a search for Abduljavad, whose body was later found off Izmir’s Cesme district.
Turkey and human rights groups have condemned Greece’s illegal practice of pushing back asylum seekers.