Migrants: 50 rescued in Aegean Sea, Turkey

Ankara says they were 'pushed back by Greek coast guards'

25 June, 12:21

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JUNE 25 - Turkish coast guards say they have rescued over the past few hours a reported 50 asylum seekers in difficulty in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Smyrna. They included 29 who were rescued from a rubber dinghy that was sinking off Dikili on Lesvos while the other 21 were helped near the coast of Foca, a few dozen kilometers south, according to Anadolu.

    Turkish security forces said the migrant ships were travelling towards the Greek islands and were pushed back by Greek coast guards - an allegation repeatedly made by Ankara and denied by Greek authorities. Greece for its part has accused Turkish authorities of complicity regarding migrant departures.

    With the return of good weather and the improvement of the Covid-19 emergency, departures from Turkey's coasts on the Aegean Sea are on the rise. The government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again requested to revise the migrants agreement with the EU forged in March 2016. (ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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