Turkish Coast Guard teams rescue migrants stranded in Aegean Sea
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Turkish Coast Guard teams rescue migrants stranded in Aegean Sea

Coast guard teams airlift 4 children stranded on a rocky islet in Aegean Sea

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The Turkish Coast Guard on Thursday rescued 68 migrants stranded on a small rocky islet in the Aegean Sea.

The migrants, including women and children, were trying to reach Greek Islands when an inflatable boat carrying them got stuck at the small islet near Dikili district of Izmir, according to a statement from the Turkish Coast Guard.

The coast guard teams airlifted four children, while the others were transferred to safety in boats.

Turkey has been a main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, since especially the beginning of the civil war in Syria.

Rescue op saves for migrants stranded at sea
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Rescue op saves for migrants stranded at sea

The Turkish Coast Guard on Thursday rescued migrants stranded in on a small rocky islet in the Aegean Sea. The operation was launched to rescue as 68 migrants.

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of people have made the short but perilous journey across the Aegean to reach northern and western Europe.

Many have died at sea as a number of boats carrying refugees sank.The Turkish Coast Guard has rescued thousands.

In March 2016, Turkey and the EU signed a deal which aimed to discourage irregular migration through the Aegean Sea by taking stricter measures against human traffickers and improving the conditions of some 3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Since then, the number of refugees detained crossing the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece has fallen 85 percent, according to the Turkish Coast Guard.


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