According to security sources, the Turkish authorities intercepted more than 40 migrants in the Aegean on Tuesday. The coast guard intercepted after the ship was banned from entering Greece.
These sources, cited by the Turkish state news agency Anatolia, indicate that the coast guard started the operation after the ship flew off the coast of Dikili in the Drift province of Smyrna (west) with 43 migrants on board.
The interception took place a week after a similar operation off the coast of the same province, which saved 44 other migrants who were brought to a migrant center in Turkey.
Turkey remains one of the main routes for migrants and asylum seekers trying to get to Europe, especially after the civil war in Syria. There are currently around four million Syrian refugees in Turkish territory.
Despite the agreement with the European Union, migrants are trying to reach the Greek coasts. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which has complained that two thirds of these victims “have been lost without a trace at sea”, more than 20,000 people have died in Mediterranean waters since 2014.