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The transfer on Thursday of 635 asylum seekers belonging to vulnerable groups from the hotspot on Samos in the eastern Aegean to a former army base in Ritsona north of Athens was delayed due to bad weather.
The Nissos Chios ferry boat which was scheduled to transfer the asylum seekers from Samos to Piraeus remained docked at the port of Mytilene οn Lesvos.
On the second day of the New Year, a set of Turkish fighter jets carried out overflights over the Aegean, the first since December 27.
Two Turkish F-16 jets flew at 24,000 feet over the islets of Oinousses and Panagia at 9.47 a.m.
The Turkish aircraft were intercepted by Greek jets in line with the international rules of engagement.
As part of an ongoing effort to relieve some of the pressure on the islands of the eastern Aegean, 668 asylum seekers deemed vulnerable were transferred from the overcrowded Moria reception center on Lesvos to the Ritsona camp in Attica on the Greek mainland over the last few days, according to authorities.
Some 668 asylum seekers belonging to vulnerable groups have been transferred over the last few days from the overcrowded Moria reception center on the northern Aegean island of Lesvos to the Ritsona camp in Attica on the Greek mainland, according to authorities.
More specifically, 456 people were ferried to the port of Piraeus on Friday followed by another 212 on Saturday.