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The Latest: Floods kill 6 Syrians trying to enter Turkey

A migrants girl holds a banner as migrants stand at a road blockade near the border crossing with Croatia, in Maljevac, Bosnia, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Bosnian police blocked hundreds of migrants from crossing into European Union member Croatia on Tuesday, reflecting tensions as the war-ravaged country struggles with the influx. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

VELIKA KLADUSA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on Europe’s response to mass migration (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

Turkey’s state-run news agency says six migrants have drowned after being swept away by floodwaters as they tried to illegally cross into Turkey from Syria.

Anadolu Agency said paramilitary police and rescuers recovered the bodies of six people Thursday near the border town of Yayladagi, in Hatay province, following severe flooding. The agency said the victims were Syrians.

Anadolu says prosecutors launched an investigation.

Turkey is home to some 3.5 million refugees from Syria.

The country is also the main crossing point for Syrians hoping to make their way into Europe through Greece.

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1:10 p.m.

Bosnian police say three officers and three migrants have been hurt in skirmishes on the border with Croatia, where dozens of people have been trying to cross into the European Union country.

Police spokeswoman Sanela Djurkovic said Thursday that the migrants spent the night at the border in northwestern Bosnia. Djurkovic said they hurled stones and glass at police during the night and tried to push through police cordons.

On Wednesday, the migrants clashed with Bosnian police blocking the way to Croatia. Thousands have been stuck in Bosnia while trying to reach Croatia and other EU countries.

Several dozen people remained near the border crossing around midday Thursday. Women and children could be seen holding banners pleading for the European borders to open for people fleeing war and poverty.

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