Turkey stops 155 migrants headed towards Greek islands

Coast Guard intervenes, half are Syrian

04 May, 19:04

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, MAY 4 - The Turkish Coast Guard on Sunday stopped 155 migrants trying to reach Greek islands in the Aegean Sea a few miles from the Turkish coast using makeshift vessels, reported the Anadolu new agency. Of them, 71 (38 Afghans and 33 Burmese) were stopped while on dinghies trying to reach the Lesbos island. Another 84 including 74 Syrians were stopped in three separate interventions: two groups were on dinghies and the third was on a wooden boat. After they were identified, the Syrians were released in line with government policy. On Saturday another 57 Syrians were stopped while seeking to reach the Greek island Kos onboard a 7-meter-long dinghy. There are currently over 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, who have fled the conflict over the border. (ANSAmed).

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