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Funeral held for baby who died during crossing to Lesbos

A funeral service is held for the baby in Lesbos Credit: ITV News

An 11-month-old boy who drowned when a dingy carrying more than 60 refugees was swamped by waves during a night-time crossing to the Greek island of Lesbos has been buried.

The baby was among 60 other refugees travelling in a dingy to the Greek island of Lesbos Credit: ITV News

Omaar, from Idlib, Syria, drowned when waves swamped the dingy last Thursday.

Coastguards worked to save the baby but were unsuccessful.

A funeral service was held for the baby in Lesbos today.

Prayers are said for the baby at the funeral Credit: ITV News


Burnham calls on May to 'show humanity' on refugees

Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of "not responding to the unfolding nature" of the refugee crisis by Labour's Andy Burnham.

As ITV News records a typical day on a Greek island overwhelmed by refugees, the shadow home secretary urged Mrs May to "look at the TV pictures today" and "show some humanity".

Mrs May defended the Government's response and said "it is better for people not to try to make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean and other routes into Europe".

Lesbos offering aid to thousands seeking refuge

The Greek island of Lesbos has continued to offer aid to the latest refugees and migrants who have journeyed in their thousands across the Mediterranean Sea.

A ferry transported around 2,500 to the island on Monday, the latest arrival among an estimated 580,000 people to have arrived in Europe by sea this year.

The coastline along Lesbos has turned bright orange with the life jackets of the refugees. Credit: Jamie Roberton/ITV News
The huge influx on Monday meant only women, children and young families were allowed onto waiting buses. Credit: Jamie Roberton/ITV News
The remaining had to walk the 17km to the next camp in order to access food and water and washing facilities. Credit: Jamie Roberton/ITV News

Lesbos: Refugees wait in searing heat to enter camps

Many of the refugees who have arrived in Lesbos on Monday morning have gone on to camps on the next stage of their journeys, where they receive washing facilities, food and water.

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Due to the huge numbers that arrived today, a bus was needed to take people from another camp, ten miles away.

Only women, children and young families were allowed on board - anyone else was forced to make the journey by foot.

On arrival at the camps, many were forced to stand in long queues in searing heat.


Ferry with 2,500 refugees reaches Greece from Lesbos

The ferry arrives at Piraeus port in Lesbos. Credit: RTV

A ferry carrying around 2,500 refugees and migrants reached the mainland Greek port of Piraeus from Lesbos on Monday morning.

The ferry carried people who had travelled by sea in dinghies, with many saying they were fleeing persecution at home.

Hundreds of the 2,500 on board are pictured disembarking the ship. Credit: RTV

Zeus, an Iraqi refugee who was on board, said it was a "miracle" that he and those with him had survived after attempting to cross the sea in the middle of the night.

"It was dangerous and it was really risky," he said, adding that the people smuggler who had sent them "did not tell us" how bad the conditions would be.

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