Turkish Coast Guard rescues 98 irregular migrants in Aegean Sea
On Monday, the Turkish Coast Guard Command announced that it had rescued a total of 98 irregular migrants from the Aegean Sea who had been pushed back into Turkish territorial waters by the Greek Coast Guard.
According to Anadolu Agency of Turkey, the migrants were left on two life rafts by Greek forces and pushed back into Turkish territorial waters.
On its website, the command said that coast guard teams were dispatched to the area to rescue 53 migrants from a lifeboat and rubber boat between Feb. 19-21 off Dikili district in Izmir province.
In a separate operation, after being alerted that a group was stranded on rocks, the coast guard rescued 45 irregular migrants in the Kusadasi province.
All the migrants were referred to the provincial office for migration.