ANKARA, Sept 6 (Reuters) - More than half of the 60 migrants who died after their boat sank off Turkey's western coast on Thursday were children, a district official told Reuters.

Tahsin Kurtbeyoglu, governor of the coastal district of Menderes in Turkey's western Izmir province, said 31 of the dead were children, including three babies. He said most of the migrants were Palestinians. (Reporting by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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  • A diver carries a young girl, after a boat carrying illegal immigrants trying to reach Europe capsized in waters off western Turkey, on September 6, 2012, near Izmir. (AFP/GettyImages)

  • Coast guards search for survivors after at least 58 illegal immigrants drowned when a fishing boat carrying people who had been promised refuge in Europe sank after hitting rocks off the coast near Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey, on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, officials said. (AP Photo/Hurriyet)

  • Coast guards search for survivors after at least 58 illegal immigrants drowned when a fishing boat carrying people who had been promised refuge in Europe sank after hitting rocks off the coast near Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey, on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Hurriyet)

  • A diver carries a young girl, after a boat carrying illegal immigrants trying to reach Europe capsized in waters off western Turkey, on September 6, 2012 near Izmir. (AFP/GettyImages)