Turkey rescues 330 Greece-bound Syrian refugees

Published August 11th, 2015 - 12:51 GMT
Migrants get out of an inflatable boat after arriving on a beach on the Greek island of Kos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, on August 11, 2015. (AFP/Angelos Tzortzinis)
Migrants get out of an inflatable boat after arriving on a beach on the Greek island of Kos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, on August 11, 2015. (AFP/Angelos Tzortzinis)

The Turkish coastguard on Tuesday rescued 330 Syrian refugees in the Aegean Sea after they attempted to reach Greece, Reuters reported. 

Migrants on board said they had been traveling on eight small boats when Greek coastguard officers demanded they drop their fuel overboard, stranding them at sea. Greek officials denied the allegations.

"We are told Europe will welcome us, but the door is closed in our face," Abdul, 23, from Damascus told Reuters. "We will try again every day to reach Greece."

Nikolaos Lagadianos, "categorically denied" the allegations. He said an "incident" took place off the Turkish town of Bodrum but that Greek authorities had not been involved.

Dozens of children, as well as pregnant women, were on board the eight boats carrying the Syrian refugees, according to Reuters.

The rescue mission comes as an influx of migrants trying to reach Europe continues, endangering lives of refugees.

More residents in conflict-torn countries have been fleeing in efforts to cross the Mediterranean despite the risks. The UN refugee agency said 124,000 have arrived by sea this year.


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