Dozens of Irregular Migrants Rescued off Turkey’s Southwestern Coast

The Turkish Coast Guard said they have rescued 38 irregular migrants in the Aegean Sea off the country’s southwestern coast, while Turkish security forces also detained 67 migrants who illegally entered Turkey in different provinces across the country.  

38 people were rescued after the coast guard units found the migrants in three different life boats off the Bodrum coast, YeniSafak news agency reported, citing an anonymous source in the coast guard.

“The migrants were struggling on rubber boats after the Greek force pushed them back into Turkish territorial waters,” according to the source.

Coast guard units found a group of 26 irregular migrants in an inflatable boat off the coast of Izmir in Aegean Turkey, the source added.

Security forces also detained 12 people of Moroccan origin after they illegally entered Kofcaz city in the northwestern Kirkalareli province.

Moreover, Turkish gendarmerie teams have found ten irregular migrants, nine Syrians and an Afghan in a minibus on the southeastern Iskenderun-Adana road. “All of them illegally entered Turkey and a Syrian national were detained on charge of smuggling migrants,” the source added.

Turkey is hosting 4 million refugees and it has been taking new security measures on its borders to prevent a fresh influx of migrants.

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