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Turkey stops 330 immigrants trying to cross the Aegean and reach European territory

August 18, 2019

ISTANBUL, Aug. 18 (EUROPE PRESS) –

Turkish authorities have reported on Sunday the arrest of a total of 330 migrants trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos, in the Aegean Sea.

Specifically, the Coast Guard has carried out up to seven operations in the Küçükkuyu region, Çanakkale province since Saturday afternoon, reports the Turkish news agency Anatolia.

Migrants are Afghans, Syrians, Iranians and Iraqis, according to the Coast Guard, who warns of an increase in the number of people trying to cross the sea to Lesbos. Since last August 10, 699 people have been arrested.

The agreement reached in March 2016 between Turkey and the EU put a stop to the flow of migrants in the Eastern Mediterranean and Ankara became the gendarme of Brussels in exchange for funds for the livelihood of the more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees received in Turkey. In addition, Ankara has pledged to accept the return of migrants who set foot in Europe.