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Turkey rescues 91 migrants pushed back by Greece

Irregular migrants, who want to reach Europe through Greece, arrive by dingy along the coastal border in the Ayvacik district of Canakkale, Marmara region on 28 February 2020. [STRINGER/Demiroren News Agency (DHA)/AFP via Getty Images]
Migrants in Turkey on 28 February 2020 [STRINGER/Demiroren News Agency DHA/AFP/Getty Images]

Turkish coast guards yesterday rescued 91 migrants who were pushed back by Greece towards Turkey's coastal city of Canakkale.

Local sources told Anadolu Agency that the coastal teams spotted "several rubber boats carrying migrants off the coast of the Canakkale's town of Ayvacik district." The sources added that the migrants were of "different nationalities."

"After reaching the Turkish territory, the migrants were referred to the local directorate of immigration," the sources pointed out.

Ankara and human rights groups have repeatedly denounced Greece's practice of pushbacks.

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