The Turkish authorities assured this Wednesday that they had rescued 23 migrants who had been driven on two boats in the Aegean Sea after a mechanical failure.
Security sources cited by Turkey’s state news agency Anatolia indicate that the boats sustained engine failure, prompting migrants to contact authorities for help.
They also stated that the Coast Guard dispatched troops to the area off the coast of Marmaris in Mugla province (southwest), after which the migrants were brought ashore and brought before immigration authorities.
Turkey continues to be part of one of the main routes for migrants and asylum seekers trying to enter Europe, especially after the civil war in Syria. There are currently around four million Syrian refugees on 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 “were lost without a trace at sea”, more than 20,000 people have died in Mediterranean waters since 2014.