Turkey rescued 65 migrants and refugees who sought assist in the Aegean Sea, however had been pushed back by the Greek Coast Guard into Turkish territorial waters, safety sources stated Wednesday.
The migrants, who had been on two life rafts, had been saved by the Turkish Coast Guard off Foça district in Izmir province in western Turkey, stated the sources, who requested to not be named attributable to restrictions on chatting with the media.
Acting on a tip, Turkish rescue groups had been despatched to a area off the Foça district.
The naval power saved the asylum seekers and disembarked them.
In the Dikili district, police saved one other 29 migrants and refugees on June 22, Ihlas News Agency (IHA) reported.
Turkey has been a key transit level for asylum seekers aiming to cross into Europe to start out new lives, particularly these fleeing warfare and persecution.
The nation earlier this 12 months opened its gates for irregular migrants eager to cross to Europe, accusing the EU of failing to maintain its guarantees beneath a 2016 migrant deal.
Turkey at the moment hosts over 3.7 million Syrians, making it the world’s high refugee-hosting nation.
Turkish officers stated earlier final month that the Greek Coast Guard had tried to sink boats carrying migrants and refugees towards the Greek islands, opening hearth and hitting the individuals on the boats with lengthy sticks.
Greece is struggling to deal with unlawful immigration from Turkey, each on the land border and on the Greek islands, that spiked earlier than the nation’s virus outbreak.
Thousands of Europe-bound migrants and asylum-seekers flocked to the Turkish-Greek border late February and March after the Turkish authorities stated it will now not stop migrants from attempting to cross over to Greece.