European migrant crisis
Turkey's Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has slammed Greek authorities, claiming that the Greek has thrown three migrants into the Aegean Sea, which resulted in one of the victims' death.
Soylu said on Twitter that two of the migrants were rescued while the other one had died following an incident off the coast of the Çeşme district in Turkey's İzmir province.
The Turkish Coast Guard has caught more than 21,400 irregular migrants in Turkey's seas between January and Dec. 6.
In the whole of last year, the Coast Guard intercepted nearly 14,000 people in 594 incidents of irregular migration.
From the start of this year until early December, 768 such incidents occurred, the Coast Guard said.
The Turkish Coast Guard has rescued nearly 100 irregular migrants in the Aegean Sea over the weekend.
Acting on the information that a group of irregular migrants were sailing in a boat off the coast of Karaada in the Çeşme district of the western province of İzmir, the Coast Guard launched an operation.
The team rescued 29 irregular migrants.
Pushbacks in the Aegean Sea have diverted vessels carrying irregular migrants to Italy, Turkey's interior minister said on Nov. 19.
Noting recent reports of an increase in irregular migrant arrivals in Italy from Turkey, Süleyman Soylu told Anadolu Agency that the ships carrying these migrants were not coming from Turkey.
Turkish coast guard units rescued dozens of asylum seekers pushed back by Greek forces late on Nov. 15.
A total of 45 asylum seekers were rescued from a rubber boat off the coast of Ayvalık district in Turkey's northwestern province of Balıkesir, the Turkish Coast Guard said in a statement.
One person was also arrested for alleged human smuggling, the statement said.