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Turkey’s coastguards rescue 31 migrants deported by Greece 

Greek riot police seen blocking the path of migrants trying to reach the port in Lesbos Island in hopes of getting on a ferry to Athens, in Lesbos, Greece on March 03, 2020 [Ayhan Mehmet / Anadolu Agency]
Greek riot police seen blocking the path of migrants trying to reach the port in Lesbos Island in hopes of getting on a ferry to Athens, in Lesbos, Greece on 3 March 2020 [Ayhan Mehmet / Anadolu Agency]

Turkish coastguards have rescued 31 asylum seekers stranded at sea off the coast of Muğla Province after Greek authorities forced them to return to Turkish territorial waters, Anadolu News Agency reported.

The Turkish coastguards said in a statement that their teams responded to a distress call issued by the boat which had 11 children and four women on board.

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The asylum seekers said that Greek coastguards deported them from Simi Island and forced them to return to Turkish territorial waters.

The agency said the Turkish coastguards distributed blankets and food to the asylum seekers.

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