This Saturday, the Greek government criticized the Turkish authorities for “endangering their lives” after the last shipwreck the day before in the Aegean Sea, in which at least 16 people died.
“It is the third shipwreck that we have managed in the last three days (…). Smugglers are now looking for new sea routes in spite of the complete disregard for human life,” denounced the Greek maritime minister Giannis Plakiotakis. on .
“They are stacking dozens of desperate people in disposable boats with no life jackets, and that is why we have these sad facts,” the minister complained to the public television broadcaster ERT.
“Greece will continue to save lives even if others continue to put lives at risk in both the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean,” Plakiotakis said, referring to Turkey and its inadequate policies to prevent these ships from passing through its waters.
With that in mind, he has drawn attention to the need for the international community to become more involved in this matter and help the Greek government fight against human traffickers and punish those who allow such incidents, most recently this Friday.
That Friday night, the Greek coast guard and groups of fishermen recovered the bodies of sixteen people who drowned in a precarious boat carrying at least eighty other people after the shipwreck off the coast of Paros island.
In the past three days, around thirty migrants have died trying to reach the Greek coasts, although the number could rise as dozens are missing. According to estimates by the Greek authorities, around 11,000 people have reached Greek and Italian territory from the Turkish Aegean coast.