The Turkish Coast Guard rescued Saturday 9 asylum-seekers who have been pushed back by the Greek aspect into Turkish waters off the Aegean coast, based on safety sources.
The coast guard workforce was dispatched to the realm after asylum-seekers requested for assist in the Bodrum district of the southwestern Turkish province of Muğla.
The asylum-seekers have been taken to the Turkish shore on a coast guard boat earlier than being transferred to the provincial migration workplace.
Turkey and Greece have been a key transit level for asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants aiming to cross into Europe to start out new lives, particularly these fleeing warfare and persecution. Ankara already hosts practically four million Syrian migrants, greater than every other nation on the earth, and says it can’t deal with one other wave.
Turkey earlier this 12 months opened its gates for irregular migrants desirous to cross to Europe, accusing the European Union of failing to maintain its guarantees below a 2016 migrant deal. Greece has been accused of mistreating and pushing back migrants from its borders in violation of worldwide regulation.
At least three migrants have been killed by Greek safety forces alongside the land border with Turkey. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Greece and the EU to respect the human rights of migrants and refugees making an attempt to succeed in Greece.
Over the final 4 months, the Turkish coast guard has rescued hundreds of migrants and asylum-seekers off the Aegean coast after they have been pushed back by Greece into Turkish territorial waters.