Turkish coastguard rescues 26 migrants repelled by Greece

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The Turkish coastguard rescued 26 irregular migrants on Sunday illegally pushed back by Greek forces, according to a Turkish security source.

After learning that a boat carrying a group of irregular migrants was sailing near the village of Kızılağaç on the Datça Peninsula, in the waters off the western province of Muğla, the Regional Coast Guard Command deployed teams to the islands. locations, added the source, who asked not to be named due to media restrictions

Upon arriving at the scene, coastguard teams rescued irregular migrants, the source said.

Two Turkish nationals trying to flee to Greece were also detained, the source said.

Refoulements are considered contrary to international refugee protection agreements, which stipulate that people must not be expelled or returned to a country where their life and safety could be in danger because of their race, religion, nationality or affiliation. to a social or political group.

Turkey and Greece have been key transit points for migrants wishing to enter Europe, fleeing war and persecution to start a new life. Turkey has also accused Greece of large-scale refoulements and summary deportations without access to asylum procedures, in violation of international law. He also accuses the EU of turning a blind eye to what it says is a blatant human rights violation.


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