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Türkiye rescues 49 irregular migrants in Aegean Sea

Anadolu Agency TÜRKIYE
Published November 17,2023

The Turkish Coast Guard rescued 49 irregular migrants in the Aegean Sea after Greek authorities pushed them back into Türkiye's territorial waters, according to a statement Thursday.

Coast guard units rescued 49 irregular migrants of Afghan nationality from a rubber boat off the coast of Ayvacik district in Canakkale province, said the Coast Guard.

The migrants were transported to the provincial migration department.

Türkiye and global rights groups have repeatedly condemned Greece's illegal practice of pushing back asylum seekers, saying it violates humanitarian values and international law by endangering the lives of vulnerable migrants, including women and children.