Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Samos coast guard officials on Friday rescued 13 migrants near the seaside village of Kokkari along the northeastern coast of the eastern Aegean island.
Officials also discovered the body of a 65-year-old woman who, fellow occupants said, died during the crossing from Turkey. Officials said the woman appeared to have died of natural causes.
With Greece already struggling to deal with an influx in arrivals of undocumented migrants from neighboring Turkey, comments by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday that his country may "open the gates" to migrants if it does not receive more international support fueled concern in Athens and beyond.
Turkish President Erdogan threatens to send a new wave of refugees to the European Union if his country does not receive additional international aid. Erdogan said his country's determination to begin building a security zone in Syria by the end of September.
Syrians alone in Turkey are over 3.5 million and Ankara is pushing for a security zone in Syria to relocate 1 million.