Turkish coastguard rescues Afghan migrants near Greece
The rescue operation was launched after fishermen noticed the migrants near Çatal Island at 10:00 am local time on Thursday, and alerted coastguard officials.
The 192 migrants, included 35 children and 48 women from Syria, Afghanistan and Myanmar, were taken to Turkey’s Muğla province where they were foreigners bureau for proceedings.
The migrants stated that they had embarked with five speed boats from Muğla’s Bodrum district at 11:00 pm on Wednesday night in an effort to reach the Greek island of Kos to enter Europe.
A 34-year-old Syrian high school teacher Berhullah Hattan expressed that the group had been left stranded for 12 hours on the seas of the Aegean after being confronted by the Greek Coast guard, who warned them to return or they would engage fire.
“We could not return, and therefore we went into international waters, but lost our way… when the Turkish soldiers took us,” said Hattan, adding the group had plans to get to Italy and Germany once they stepped foot on Greek soil.
The migrants reportedly paid EUR 1,000-EUR 1,200 to the traffickers. The police search to identify and track down the smugglers are ongoing.
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