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ANKARA, Sept 4, 2015:The father of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach Wednesday, whose image shocked the world said his children “slipped through my hands” as their boat was taking in water en route to Greece. “I was holding my wife’s hand. But my children slipped through my hands. We tried to cling to the boat, but it was deflating. It was dark and everyone was screaming,” Abdullah Kurdi told Turkey’s Dogan news agency of the sinking that also killed his wife and 5-year old child. Harrowing pictures of the drowned Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach brought home the horror of the escalating refugee crisis Thursday as Europe was accused of letting the Mediterranean become a “cemetery” for migrants. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan bluntly blamed EU states for the death of every single migrant who lost their lives making the perilous journey to Europe. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban also lashed out at Germany over its handling of the crisis as scenes of chaos erupted in his country. The deep rifts in Europe were highlighted as Orban held urgent talks with the European Union’s top officials in Brussels over worst crisis of its kind since World War II.

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