Aegean Sea

Greek authorities conduct search and rescue operation after dinghy carrying migrants capsizes

Greek authorities conducted a search and rescue operation Friday off the coast of a small islet in the eastern Aegean Sea near the Turkish coast after a dinghy carrying migrants to Greece capsized, the coast guard said.

Preserving the ancient craft of wooden ships

The curricula and manuals of vocational training and apprenticeships at the facility that will specialize in the craft of building wooden ships will be presented in early December, the Culture Ministry has announced.

The goal of the facility is to preserve a tradition that continues to be practiced in old shipyards, such as the one depicted here in Ierissos, Halkidiki.

Strong northerly winds disrupt shipping

Ships in various Greek ports were unable to dock on Saturday due to strong northerly winds that reached up to 9 on the Beaufort scale in certain parts of the Aegean Sea.

Rafina and Lavrio ports remained closed, as did the Rio-Antirio maritime route. In northern Greece, ships were unable to sail between Alexandroupoli and Samothraki, Kavala and Prino, and Keramoti and Thassos.

Greek-Egyptian armed forces exercise canceled due to war in Middle East

This year's joint armed forces exercise between Greece and Egypt named Medusa-13, which was scheduled to take place at the Myrtoan Sea and Crete on November 16-24 has been canceled due to the ongoing war in Israel, the Hellenic National Defence General Staff announced on Friday.

The cancelation was requested by Egypt and will take place next year, it added.


Migrant testimonies point to a recurring practice of illegal pushbacks from Greece

A leading international medical charity alleged Thursday that testimony from dozens of migrants over the past two years points to a "recurring practice" of secret, illegal and often brutal deportations back to Turkey from two eastern Greek islands.

Athens may offer easy Greek island visas for Turks: Local media

Athens is gearing up to implement a one-year visa-on-arrival program for Turkish citizens visiting the Aegean islands, Greek and Turkish local media has reported.

The move comes following collaborative efforts aimed at fostering improved ties between the historically strained neighbors.

The uncertain future of the historic Greek population in Turkey

Over the past few years it seems that the island of Imvros, a Turkish island in the Aegean Sea with a historic Greek population, is experiencing what's been described by some as a small Greek renaissance, as some descendants of the Greeks who were largely displaced in the 1960s have begun trickling back.