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Relatives of drowned Syrian boy welcomed to Canada

Tima Kurdi holds up her nephew Sherwan Kurdi as the family arrives in Canada. Credit: Reuters

Relatives of a three-year-old Syrian boy whose lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach have arrived in Canada.

Alan Kurdi's death sparked international outrage over the refugee crisis after images of his body appeared in September after he drowned, along with his five-year-old brother and their mother, while crossing between Turkey and Greece.

On Monday, his uncle Mohammed Kurdi, his wife and their five children arrived in Canada as refugees, sponsored by Mohammed's sister Tima Kurdi, who wiped away tears as she greeted them at Vancouver airport.

Alan's father Abdullah Kurdi lives in Iraq's Kurdistan region and has decided against travelling to Canada.

Alan and Ghaleb Kurdi both died during a crossing between Turkey and Greece.
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