Seeking refuge in Europe 89 illegal immigrants rescued in Aegean Sea

Seeking refuge in Europe, a total of 89 illegal immigrants were rescued in a separate operations conducted by Turkish coast guards in Aegean Sea.

Within the scope of “Hope Action-Operation Hope” Drill, at least 268 rescue operations conducted by Turkish Coast Guard Commandership in the Aegean Sea, one of the main passage for immigrants who seeking refuge in European countries, during which 89 illegal immigrants were rescued while they were about drowned in the waters of the sea.

Acting on a tip off an S.O.S signal, Coast Guards teams were dispatched to the Hisaronü Gulf located off the waters of the Datca district of southwestern Turkish province of Muğla where they determined a sailing boat having U.S flag in which 38 illegal immigrants were about drowned. As a result of the operation 23 male, 8 female, 2 male children and 5 female children were rescued and taken to the Muğla. Coast guards identified the rescued immigrants as 34 Syrian nationals, while 4 of them were Afghan nationals.

In the other operation held by Coast Guard team on May 26 that a total of 48 Syrian nationals on the waters of Izmir’s Karaburun district. As a result of the operation a total of 35 males, 6 females, and 6 male children and one female child were rescued while they were about drowned.

Meanwhile, it has been seen that despite a Greek Coast Guard Boat at the scene it had not been intervened in the operation.

SOURCE: CIHAN