149 migrants apprehended by Turkish coastguard on route to Greece

149 migrants apprehended by Turkish coastguard on route to Greece

Radio Erena: 15 July 2015

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A total of 148 migrants trying to sail to the Greek island of Lesbos were detained earlier on Monday in two separate groups.

On early Monday morning, 101 migrants also trying to sail to the Greek island of  Lesbos were detained near the coast of Ayvacik in Canakkale province by the coast guard. They were reportedly from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria.

 

48 more were caught during the day while trying to sail to Lesbos. The migrants, who were held in Ayvalik, in Balikesir province , were taken into custody after the coast guard detected a boat sailing to Lesbos, which is located close to the Turkish border in the Aegean Sea.

Among the migrants reported to be from Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Eritrea were women and children.
 
Both groups are expected to be deported following legal proceedings and health checks.
 
The Aegean Sea is one of the most frequently used routes for migrants trying to reach EU countries.

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