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Türkiye rescues 114 irregular migrants in Aegean Sea

Turkish Coast Guard saves migrants, including children, from various locations in Aegean Sea

09:24 - 19/05/2024 Pazar
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The Turkish Coast Guard rescued 114 irregular migrants, including 31 children, from the Aegean Sea on Friday.

The rescue operations took place at various locations along the coast, supporting the ongoing humanitarian efforts in the region.

In one incident near southwestern Mugla's Bodrum, 22 migrants, including five children, were found in a life raft pushed back into Turkish waters by Greek forces, the Turkish Coast Guard said in a statement.

Near Marmaris, Mugla, 35 migrants, including nine children, were rescued from a rubber boat also reportedly pushed back by Greek forces.

Another group of 18 migrants in a rubber boat with engine trouble was rescued near western Izmir's Karaburun.

Another rescue operation occurred near Izmir in Seferihisar, where 10 migrants, including two children, were found in a rubber boat returned by Greek forces.

Off the coast of western Canakkale's Gokceada, 29 migrants, including 15 children, were saved from a wooden boat in danger of sinking due to bad weather.

The Turkish Coast Guard utilized multiple vessels to ensure the safety of all rescued individuals.

Türkiye has been a key transit point for asylum seekers aiming to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.

Ankara and global rights groups have repeatedly condemned Greece's illegal practice, saying it violates humanitarian values and international law by endangering the lives of vulnerable migrants, including women and children.

#Aegean Sea
#Greece
#irregular migrants
#The Turkish Coast Guard
#Türkiye
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