Turkish coast guards yesterday rescued 75 irregular migrants who were pushed back by the Greek authorities into Turkish territorial waters off the southwestern coastal city of Mugla.
Security sources told Anadolu Agency that the patrol guards responded after receiving a call reporting a "presence of irregular migrants along the coast of Turkey's Marmaris city."
"The coastal teams have rescued 75 migrants who were onboard rubber boats," the sources pointed out, adding that the Greek authorities had pushed them "into the Turkish waters."
It pointed out that the immigrants were "transported to the migration directorate in Mugla to take the necessary measures."
Turkey, a key transit point for illegal migrants seeking a better life in Europe, currently hosts more than four million refugees, 3.6 million of whom are Syrians, according to official data.