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Turkey saves almost 70 migrants on a boat in the Aegean

The Turkish authorities rescued 67 migrants in the Aegean on Saturday after their ship received no permission from Greece to reach the country’s coasts.

These sources, cited by the Turkish state news agency Anatolia, indicate that the rescue was carried out by the coast guard off the coast of the city of Gocek in the Mugla province (southwest).

They said that a total of 67 people, including children, were later brought to the coast and taken to an immigration office.

Turkey saves almost 70 migrants on a boat in the Aegean
Turkey saves almost 70 migrants on a boat in the Aegean

Turkey continues to be part of one of the main routes through which migrants and asylum seekers enter Europe, particularly 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.

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