The Turkish authorities assured this Tuesday that they had rescued more than 300 migrants in the Aegean Sea and have again accused Greece of preventing these ships from entering their territorial waters and forcing them back into the Turkish zone.
The Coast Guard has indicated that 213 migrants were rescued off the coast of Aydin and various districts of Izmir, while another 75 were rescued off the city of Marmaris in Mugla Province.
According to the Turkish state news agency Anatolia, another 25 people were rescued in a boat off the city of Bodrum in Mugla.
Turkey has brought serious charges against Greece in recent months, accusing Athens of illegally evicting ships arriving from Turkish coasts from its waters.
Tensions in the eastern Mediterranean have increased in recent months as Greece and Turkey lead a maritime dispute over hydrocarbon exploration in the region. The two countries also disagree on Cyprus.