Greece, hundreds of migrants stranded off Turkish coast

They wanted to enter Greek territorial waters, spokesperson

23 May, 13:59

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, 23 MAG - Greece on Monday announced that it has prevented some 600 migrants from crossing the Aegean from nearby Turkey to reach its coasts in what has been described as the largest attempt to enter the country since the beginning of this year.

    A spokesperson of the Greek coast guard added that five sailboats and four rubber dinghies had left the Turkish coast early on Monday. "Greek patrol boats were able to quickly locate the dinghies and boats and to inform the Turkish coast guard", said the spokesperson.

    "All the incidents occurred in Turkish territorial waters" between the Greek islands of Chios and Samos, the spokesperson added.

    Athens regularly blames Ankara for not undertaking sufficient actions to stop human traffickers who send off migrants on unsafe boats and dinghies from its coast, in violation of the 2016 agreement with the European Union. (ANSAmed).

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