Twenty-four boats, each carrying about 50 people, arrived from Turkey on one Lesbos beach within 45 minutes and more were on the way, a Reuters photographer on the scene said. The majority were young Afghan men and some families. A record number of at least 430,000 refugees and migrants have taken rickety boats across the Mediterranean to Europe this year, 309,000 via Greece, according to International Organization for Migration figures. On Wednesday, at least 2,500 people, mainly Afghan and Syrian refugees, landed on Lesbos within hours.
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