21 Syrian asylum seekers rescued from boats in Aegean Sea
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21 Syrian asylum seekers rescued from boats in Aegean Sea

Orient Net
Date: 2020-03-29 10:59
The Turkish Coast Guard rescued 21 asylum seekers off the Aegean Sea, security sources said Saturday (March 28).

The group of asylum seekers – all Syrian nationals – were onboard rubber boats that were directed to Turkish territorial waters by the Greek Coast Guard, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Last week, Turkish Cypriot security forces rescued 175 Syrian asylum seekers off the coast of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) from a floundering boat.

Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers aiming to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.

Late last month, Turkey announced it would no longer stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe via land while banning boat crossings.

Turkey accuses the European Union of failing to keep its promises under a 2016 migrant deal.

Turkey currently hosts over 3.7 million Syrians, making it the world's top refugee-hosting country.

Based on AA

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