The Turkish coast guard saved a gaggle of 10 refugees off the coast of the Aegean district of Ayvalık on Saturday. The group was reportedly pushed back to the ocean by the Greek authorities.
According to an announcement from the coast guard command, refugees had been pushed back to Turkish coastal waters with the motor of their boats ripped off.
Requesting help from the coast guard, the refugees, who had been making an attempt to enter Greece to start out a brand new life in Europe, have since been rescued.
Initially, just one Turkish coast guard boat was despatched to the realm to save lots of the refugees however upon receiving data that three Greek coast guard boats had violated Turkish waters, 5 extra boats had been dispatched to the area to take away the Greek boats from the realm.
Turkey has been a key transit level for asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants in search of to cross into Europe to start out new lives, particularly these fleeing struggle and persecution.
The nation already hosts almost four million Syrian migrants, greater than some other nation in the world, and says it can not deal with one other wave.
Greece’s response to these making an attempt to enter the nation with out prior authorization has been harsh, with at the very least three killed by Greek safety forces on the land border with Turkey and plenty of others battered and teargassed.
Turkish officers mentioned earlier final month that the Greek coast guard had tried to sink boats carrying migrants and refugees towards the Greek islands, opening fireplace and hitting the folks on the boats with lengthy sticks.
Human Rights Watch has urged Greece and the European Union to respect human rights in its response to Turkey’s new coverage.